Working With a Thick Mustache and Thin Beard To Create a Leading Man Look

Kristian S
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Facial hair can tell a lot about the man behind it, but it might not always say what you want if it grows unevenly. There are a number of men who have an easier time growing a bold mustache, while for others the beard is the star of the show. Your face fuzz has its own particular pattern, and you'll want to evaluate each element individually when choosing a fitting look. If you find yourself with a thick mustache and thin beard combo, then read on for a few showstopping designs to consider for your natural growth pattern.

Basic Thick Mustache and Thin Beard Guidelines

When your facial hair grows unevenly, you'll want to first decide which feature should dominate your look. When you have a thick mustache, you will want to make that 'stache the leading role of your face. Your beard will then become a supporting actor and accentuate whichever mustache style you choose. Keep your mustache well-groomed and continue to give your beard regular strengthening with Beard Boost Serum for the most attractive results.

Popular Thick Mustache Styles

The mustache is back, baby! Gone are the days of clean-shaven boy-band wannabes. From the classic Tom Selleck to the suave Milo Ventimiglia, the greatest actors are showing up in a big way with facial hair on their upper lips. Since you are a man who can grow some fantastic lip foliage, join their ranks and choose one of these popular styles that are being refreshed in new, modern ways.

Walrus Mustache

Probably the most famous and distinct of all walrus mustaches belonged to the late, great Wilford Brimley. This type of mustache is perfect for a man with a thick mustache and thin beard because it's like having a beard on your lip.

A walrus mustache will have some growth over the upper lip and the sides will extend at least a bit beyond your bottom lip. This is a bushy, rugged look that lets people know that you are a true man's man. Examples of other famous walrus mustaches are:

  • Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman)
  • Sam Elliot
  • Theodore Roosevelt

Chevron Mustache

If you don't want to go for the extreme side length of a walrus mustache, the chevron style is an ideal alternative. It's not as long as the walrus but has the same amount of fullness. The chevron is one of the most natural ways to style your facial hair when you have a thick mustache and thin beard. Notable men with this iconic 'stache:

  • Freddie Mercury
  • Tom Selleck
  • Henry Cavill

Handlebar Mustache

The handlebar mustache is probably the most sublime facial hair you can have. This fashionable bad boy has been popular since the 19th century and enjoys prolonged fame, especially among virile hipsters. The fullness of this lip caterpillar is finished off with mustache gel to achieve an upward curl on the ends. The best handlebar look has been achieved by the likes of:

  • Wyatt Earp
  • Kenneth Branagh (as Hercule Poirot)
  • A hip professor at your local university, probably

Trendy Thin Beard Styles

While facial hair can really show the strength of the man, your genetics are mostly to blame if you have a patchy or thin beard. Don't worry, though; you can be as manly as ever with a thin beard. In fact, the sexiest and most debonair men today are ones with just a bit of beard growth. That's great news for you with your thick mustache and thin beard!

Van Dyke Beard

This will always be a classic. A Van Dyke beard is basically a goatee plus a mustache that is unattached to the goatee. If your facial hair grows really well under your bottom lip but gets thinner or patchier as it moves along your jawline and up your cheeks, you can easily pull off a Van Dyke. These popular beards can be seen on:

  • Johnny Depp
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.)

Chinstrap Beard

A chinstrap beard is almost the opposite of a van dyke. Instead of a goatee, the main facial hair of a chinstrap starts at the hairline on one side and follows your jawline all the way along to the hairline on the other side. It's a versatile look for a man that has a thick mustache and thin beard because how much you trim and where will define what your beard looks like. The versatility of this style is displayed by:

  • Michael B. Jordan
  • A. J. McLean
  • 50 Cent

Designer Stubble

While the word "beard" may not appear in its name, designer stubble is another superior thin beard choice. The trick to getting that perfect unkempt, yet urbane look is a little bit of grooming. The Derma Roller is perfect for encouraging that peach fuzz evolution so you can have maximum beard growth to work with when maintaining your rugged designer stubble style. Well-known wearers of beards in this style are:

  • Ryan Gosling
  • Chris and Liam Hemsworth
  • David Beckham

The Finest Thick Mustache and Thin Beard Combinations

Now that you have a number of different beard and mustache styles to consider, it's time to decide how to combine them for the ultimate look. There are numerous ways you can unite the two components of facial hair into one cohesive, helluva good style. Here are a few questions for you to consider:

  • Do you want only a mustache, or do you want both a beard and a 'stache?
  • Are you going for a classic, everyman look, or do you want to be a bit modern and trendy?
  • Will you be able to regularly groom and maintain the proper length of a shorter, more stylized appearance, or would you prefer a low-maintenance style?

Whether you combine a chevron with a Van Dyke, a walrus mustache with a chinstrap beard, or even a chevron with chinstrap designer stubble, you need to make sure that you use the right tools for the job. Here at Wild Willies, we sell a variety of grooming products for you to achieve that manly, put-together look the ladies desire. With a thick mustache and thin beard, you're well on your way to becoming the leading man in your own life story.

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