Beards make men look masculine and strong. However, have you ever wondered if you could use a beard to your advantage to hide a weak chin?
A beard can hide a weak chin if done correctly. It would be best if you were strategic about your beard’s shape, the length, how you style it, etc. However, some people may need to find alternatives like genioplasty or dermal fillers.
A Full Beard
A full beard lets you control how you want the lower half of your face to look. You can trim and grow it as you please.
You can let your beard grow about an inch or longer at your chin. You can trim it shorter to a fade as it grows longer and back toward your neck.
You may trim the ends of your beard to make it look like your chin is bigger. For instance, you can trim your beard to make it look like the bottom of a hexagon to make your chin look wider.
You can also shape your beard to make your face look longer. For example, you can let it grow long and trim the ends, so your beard has a slight round shape.
You do not want your beard to get messed up throughout the day, either. You need to make sure that it stays in place, so your beard’s shape consistently hides your chin’s shape and size.
Many men agree that beard wax and balm is an excellent choice to keep your beard in place. It is ideal for men with slightly shorter beards. However, you may need to use clay or add clay to the wax for longer beards.
As a general rule, you will want to make your beard as thick as possible, so it will be easy to hide your chin and add definition.
But honestly, once your beard grows long enough, patches start to matter a lot less.
My recommendation is to copy the Nick Bateman beard. It’s a full beard that looks ideal but is hard to pull off because it requires full coverage and great beard genetics.
The Right Kind of Stubble
Stubble is great at hiding a weak chin. It is a great option if your chin is a bit weak and you want to reduce the visual effect of your chin recession slightly. However, it would help if you were very strategic about it.
Dark stubble can add more definition. You can also opt for a short beard if you do not mind keeping up with the grooming.
However, it would help if you avoided light stubble at all costs. It can draw more attention to a weak chin.
Light stubble reduces any definition on your face. Plus, light stubble will not mask your chin at all. Instead, it makes your chin appear weaker.
If you have a decent jawline but a weak chin, then a goatee might be what you need. A goatee can help your chin look more prominent while hiding the actual size. It is an excellent choice for people who cannot grow full beards or do not want to maintain a full beard.
Try to aim for a medium-length goatee. While you may go through an awkward stage until it grows to its full length, it is a fantastic way to hide a receding chin.
Once it grows out, you can trim it into a round or square shape. It will fill out your chin and jaw area. Avoid letting your chin come to a point because it can make your chin look smaller.
You can wear your goatee with or without a mustache. You can also opt for an extended goatee if you want to hide a narrow chin. This kind of goatee extends past your chin and touches your jaw’s edges.
Chinstrap and Sideburns
If you have a receding chin, you can get short sideburns. It will give the illusion that your chin and jaw is longer.
However, it would be best if you avoided long sideburns. Long sideburns can make your face look shorter. If you have a triangular jawline or a narrow chin, you can wear long and thick sideburns.
A chinstrap can also help hide a weak chin. If your beard follows your jawline without a mustache, it is a chinstrap. A chinstrap beard can make your face look fuller, and you can sculpt your jawline to your desired shape.
How to Enhance Your Chin
If you find it hard to grow a beard or do not like the upkeep of one, there are other alternatives you can try.
Mewing is essentially a normal tongue posture. Mewing can help improve your facial alignment, particularly with your chin. Mewing can also help decrease the appearance of a receding chin. It helps improve your neck and head posture, helping your chin look stronger.
Additionally, mewing can help encourage forward and upward growth. Therefore, you can get a stronger chin if you consistently mew.
While children and adolescents will get the best results, adults can still benefit from mewing, although it will take years to get tiny changes.
To learn more about mewing, how to do it, see the results, and more, visit our guide.
Chin Advancement Surgery (Genioplasty)
If you have a severely receding chin or cannot grow a thick beard, you can opt for chin advancement surgery. It can alter the facial structure, bringing your receding chin forward.
To perform the surgery, a surgeon will usually put you under general anesthesia. The surgeon will remove a piece of bone from your jaw’s tip. The surgeon will then move the piece of bone forward to balance out your face. Once the bone is in the right place, your surgeon will use a small plate or wires to reattach it to your jaw. The bone will then fill in naturally between the two pieces of bone as it heals.
If you are not sure about surgery, you can try dermal fillers for chin augmentation. Most dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in your body.
Dermal fillers get injected into your chin. It adds as much volume as needed to create a fuller chin.
If you do not like the way it looks, you can ask your doctor to remove it. If you want to add more, your doctor can easily do that. However, be warned that fillers dissolve after a few months and don’t hold their shape very well.
For more info on optimizing the jaw, visit our jaw guide.