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How to Trim a Goatee- with Six Famous Goatee Styles

How To Trim A Goatee

If when thinking about goatees you envision Tony Stark, then you have probably also noticed how cool Robert Downey rocked the goatee style. Let’s face it: goatees are becoming a thing these days. From the red carpet to business meetings to the sidewalks, they are becoming a popular facet of men’s fashion.

Whether you want a bushy beard or subtle stubbles, goatees make a versatile start. From the various goatee possibilities, do you know how to trim a goatee so that it truly fits your face’s shape?

If not, then you came to the right page. In this article, we will explain how to trim a goatee and discuss some popular goatee styles.

different goatees

Goatees are short beards that grow under the lower lip to the lower part of the chin. Aside from their aesthetic purpose, they also help to build confidence. For example, they can create an idea of fullness for men who have thin mouths and/or undershot chins. Goatees can divert attention from areas of your face that you might find problematic, to give you an aura of coolness. But for your goatee to look good, you need to find the best trim that matches your face.

Trimming Your Goatee: Six Famous Goatee Designs to Consider 

Goatees are relatively easy to grow and maintain. Yet they do require regular trimming or shaving to help keep their shape. Before we go over the trimming, let’s first understand which types of goatees fit which facial structures.

Goatees are pretty versatile, but the wrong goatee on the wrong face will make you look weird. Then again, experimenting with different styles won’t hurt, as you can trim your goatee at any time. Experimenting may even help you find the best fit for you if it is an exception from the general rule.

But before you can trim any goatees, you will need to grow one. This may take a week or two of not shaving. Once your beard reaches a considerable length, then you will be ready to style it accordingly.

Before you do any clipping and trimming, you may want to look at these styles that best fit your face. Here are six of the world’s most famous goatee designs for various face structures:

Pure Goatee

The Pure Goatee is simple and a standard goatee. It is basically just a beard growing under your lip to your chin. You don’t need a mustache or any jaw stubbles for this goatee.

The pure goatee is the best for men with a round face. It helps to accentuate your jaw and gives the illusion of narrowness to your face. It is also ideal for young boys who are just starting to grow their beards.

Full Goatee

Full or regular goatee beards are the stereotype when goatee comes to mind. The full goatee is the classic circle of mustache and beard, circling the edges of the mouth.

Full goatee beards look best on men with diamond-shaped faces and pointy chins.

Van Dyke

The Van Dyke goatee consists of an unconnected mustache, chin beard, and a soul patch. A soul patch is the facial hair underneath your lower lip. This narrow goatee style keeps the balance in your face to tone down the roundness.

Van Dyke is also one of the more versatile goatee styles and works for most face types. It is especially appropriate for an oblong face.


As the name suggests, an anchor goatee looks like an anchor. It is a connected version of the Van Dyke. It is where the mustache and chin beard grows longer and closer to the sideburns.

You should learn how to trim a goatee anchor-style if you have a round or triangular facial structure.

Pretty Boy

If you prefer a thicker goatee for your face, the Pretty Boy style is the best choice. It looks like the Pure Goatee, except, it forms a thin line of goatee and mustache surrounding the mouth.

It is ideal for men with a sharp nose and oval or square face.

Landing Strip

The Landing Strip is a vertical strip of a beard that extends from the lower lip to the chin. Like the pure goatee, an upper-lip mustache is not necessary.

A landing strip goatee style will benefit you if you have a wider chin. If you have wider eyes of any facial structure, the Landing Strip is the best style for you.

How to Trim a Goatee

Above are just six of the most famous goatee styles that you can try. There are many more designs that you can experiment with. But regardless of what you choose, you must know how to trim a goatee efficiently. Take note of these steps:

Trim down

The reason you grow that beard is to have a foundation for trimming. Using a reliable beard trimmer, clip your beard down depending on the style that you choose.


For a newbie, a good eyebrow pencil or washable marker will help you trim a goatee properly. Outline the design of the goatee on your skin before you create your goatee. The outline will tell you exactly where to clip and shave. It will also help you achieve the symmetry and balance of your beard.


Attach the adjustable guard of your beard trimmer. Do not go for more than the 5mm length setting of the beard trimmer. Carefully go along the edges of your outline and snip away all the unnecessary hairs. Go over your mustache and lower lip and remove unwanted patches.

A beard trimmer is an essential tool for an even and precise cut. See our article on the best Remington beard trimmers for some beard trimmer recommendations.


If you are satisfied with your goatee, you can now clean up by shaving all the hair surrounding it. Use a clear shaving cream so that you can see and not mess up your outline. Razors and shavers will help you tidy your look and emphasize the goatee’s subtle edges.


Keep your goatee looking good by regularly trimming and shaving it. This will not only make your goatee look neat and tidy, but it also ensures that you keep the edges clean-cut.

Wash and shampoo your beard and goatee with a good beard shampoo and then use high-quality beard oil. This will make your facial hair fuller and healthier.

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