Choose a Shape
Mustaches, like men, come in all shape and sizes. Your goal is to pick the style that best matches the dimensions of your face. “If you have a fuller face, or a prominent nose, you can grow a fuller mustache,” says Carrie Butterworth, a stylist at Roy Teeluck Salon in New York. On the other hand, if your face is narrower, a wide mustache can look out of place. Instead, flatter a longer face by grooming your mustache into a thin strip, and give it elevation at the midpoint, with tapered ends.
Beyond the basics, whether you go for the regent (straight across the bottom, parted in the middle), handlebars (groomed to curve around the side of your mouth like the bars on your bike) or a boxcar (straight and short, no part) depends on your personality — and what you do for a living. “Corporate guys have minimal facial hair,” Butterworth says. “On the other hand, if you can get away with it at work, and you are a larger guy who can carry it, why not grow handlebars?” If you’re not sure which style is best for you, talk it over with the person who cuts your hair. And maybe, the woman who has to look at it every day.
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