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It’s fair to say that right now increasing numbers of men are going way beyond the Hollywood definition of a full beard. The viking is a long, rounded beard of legendary proportions, but it is usually well shaped and nicely groomed, and often paired with short, neat hair. The contrast can be striking.On Bing: growing a full beard

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Here are the best styles to look out for. - 1(©Jordan Strauss-Invision)Beards are back. Here are the best styles to look out for. - 1(©Jordan Strauss-Invision)Beards are back. Here are the best styles to look out for. - 1(©Jordan Strauss-Invision)Beard styles: Mountain manJake Gyllenhaal shows just how far Hollywood's new beard obsession has come. This mountain man style is rugged and adaptable (trim it neat or let it sprout) but stops short of the full ZZ Top (see Brad Pitt, later, for that).On Bing: the beards of ZZ ToptopBeard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: Mountain man - 2(©Jimi Celeste-Sipa USA-Rex Features)Beard styles: The English gentBraun ambassador Andrew Davis (www.braun.com/uk/home.html) has identified the traditional English gent look as big for 2013: “One for the old school boys and those who love a tweed jacket.”Grow your beard for up to two weeks depending on how fast it grows, he says, then “Use the Braun cruZer6 beard & head to trim the beard ensuring that the length is consistent all around.”On Bing: shop for the Braun cruZer6topBeard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: The English gent - 3(©Ik Aldama-Demotix-Corbis)Beard styles: Groomed daddyHeading north of 30? Going just a little grey? No worries. Beards are in for both young bucks and what Braun's Andrew Davis calls 'groomed daddies'.“Having just had a sneak preview of what is to come in the world of male fashion, a trend inspired by the wardrobes of our grandfathers and great grandfathers will see men embrace their masculinity, appropriately paired with strong facial hair, showing that this trend is set to continue,” he says.As George Clooney shows, Hollywood is already on board with this one. For the first time in years real beards are back, and greying whiskers can give a distinguished look.On Bing: more on the Oscars 2013topBeard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: Groomed daddy - 4(©John Shearer-Invision)Beard styles: The pointMatt Hughes, senior barber at Murdock London (www.murdocklondon.com/), says that many men are now matching hair and beard, “with natural but lighter cheeks then angling down on the chin to either a point or a rounded bowl shape.”If you don't want to rock a full beard look, a lighter beard that angles down to a point at the chin is a good way of elongating the face and emphasising bone structure.On Bing: men's grooming essentials  topBeard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The point - 5(©Getty Images)Beard styles: The super-pointThe point is popular, but avant garde types are now also experimenting with the super-point, a long tapered beard that provides a serious elongation of the face. It's a style favoured by artists, rockers, Brad Pitt and wizards.On Bing: Brad Pitt's many beards topBeard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: The super-point - 6(©David Fisher-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubbleStubble is never completely out of fashion (and studies suggest many women like men with at least a smattering of stubble), but right now many men are wearing it heavy, grown to the point where stubble and beard meet. Heavy stubble adds definition to the chin and cheeks, without overwhelming thinner faces.On Bing: how to wear stubbletopBeard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: Heavy stubble - 7(©Image Source-Rex Features)Beard styles: The weekenderBraun ambassador Andrew Davis describes a lighter stubble style, the weekender. "This is the perfect look for a guy who enjoys a relaxed style on the weekend," he says. It's an easy come, easy go style for men who may feel the need to be clean shaven some of the time. Simply grow for two or three days and then trim to the desired length.Or here, in actor Daniel Radcliffe's case, a day's growth is all it takes to add definition to the jawline.On Bing: women of the Oscars 2013topBeard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The weekender - 8(©Jordan Strauss-Invision-AP)Beard styles: The vikingIt’s fair to say that right now increasing numbers of men are going way beyond the Hollywood definition of a full beard. The viking is a long, rounded beard of legendary proportions, but it is usually well shaped and nicely groomed, and often paired with short, neat hair. The contrast can be striking.On Bing: growing a full beardtopBeard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The viking - 9(©4FR-Getty Images)Beard styles: The goateeThe good old goatee is still a common sight, but even this classic is succumbing to the trend for a slightly fuller length. "Usually very clean cut and short," says Braun's Andrew Davis. "Hollywood royalty, however, decided to leave a little more length."Leave your hair to grow for around seven days, he says. "Once the growth of your facial hair becomes visible use a trimmer to outline the design of the goatee you want."Here, actor Mark Wahlberg sports a goatee left longer around the chin. On Bing: how to grow a goatee  topBeard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The goatee - 10(©JD Pht Bx & MCGM-Splash News-Corbis)Beard styles: The super-goatA traditional goatee leaves the cheeks clean shaven, but the super-goat - modelled here by Les Miserables actor Hugh Jackman - is a heavy goatee with lighter stubble on the rest of the face. It needs a lot of work to keep this from simply looking scruffy, but Jackman has pulled it off.On Bing: more on Hugh Jackman topBeard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The super-goat - 11(©DANNY MOLOSHOK-Newscom)Beard styles: The support actMovember and throwback fashions have made moustaches trendy again (at least in some circles), but wearing a moustache on its own can still make you look like you're bound for the trenches of the first world war. One way around that is to pair your 'tache with a regular, well-trimmed beard, and have the best of both worlds.On Bing: the best moustache styles topBeard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: The support act - 12(©Richard Baker-In Pictures-Corbis)Beard styles: More is moreThe main thing to remember about current beard styles is that, if you want more, you can get away with more, says Matt Hughes of Murdock London."I would say current trends with beards show a slightly more full and natural look, steering away from anything too sculpted," he says. "In general more beard is better than less at the moment. A more natural rugged style."And Matt practises what he preaches, as this picture shows. So if you want a goatee or a smattering of stubble, go for it. But the experts agree: if you've ever fancied a full beard, this is the perfect time to grow one. More on Him: meet the Gambino family mobstertopBeard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)Beard styles: More is more - 13(©Murdock London)

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