Concealing A Double Chin With A Beard
Situations occur in life when one wants to hide something, whether it be a double chin or something else. Most people opt to focus on fixing the issue, like weight loss and regular exercise, as opposed to concealing the issue. That being said, if concealing the double chin is more of a priority, then the use of a beard makes for the smart choice in hiding it.
Whether someone can grow a full beard, or it’s a thin patchy beard, when styled the right way it can be used to hide an undesired double chin. This isn’t just for men with beards, but also for those of us who can’t do more to fix the situation.
By having a beard, the double chin may be especially pronounced in certain areas, especially if the beard isn’t full enough to cover it. This is why, in order to visually reduce the double chin and make it less noticeable, styling the beard is an important step.
Stylist Daryia Bushin, when asked about the topic states, “A beard can be a very effective way to hide a double chin if you use it in the right way. You can even choose a goatee, or just a moustache, to improve the shape of your face and make the double chin less visible.”
To get started, you need to trim the beard and choose a specific point in the chin area to do so. All that needs to be done is to leave a couple of inches of hair on the chin. This will help to create a natural beard line and add visual texture, creating a point of interest and distracting people from the double chin.
Then, another step is to grow a soul patch right under the chin, which will create the illusion of a slimmer face. The soul patch should never be longer than an inch.
The beard should always be kept looking neat, so it’s important to take care of the skin underneath. Make sure that you’re exfoliating regularly, moisturising, and cleansing so that the beard doesn’t look lackluster and patchy.
When hiding a double chin with a beard, achieving a sense of balance is key. It’s important to keep the sides of the beard trim, so that the area around the chin can be the main focus. The sides hitting the cheeks should be kept short and the ‘sharper’ the shape, the better.
The objective must be to maintain the shape and lift the chin area and ultimately create a flat area from the lower lip to the chin, to help conceal the double chin further. This will give the illusion of a sharper jaw and a defined face.
When trying to maintain balance it’s also important to ensure that the beard isn’t too voluminous at the chin area, as this creates more focus on the chin, and thus more attention to the double chin.
Another important factor when trying to hide a double chin with a beard, is to not stick to the same old style. Variance is key.
Beard expert Sadia Deeb explains, “there are many styles you can choose from that can help you hide the double chin. The French fork style is great because it covers the chin, while the Yarrnesviel style is great because it covers the entire chin and neck, as well as giving you a full 5 o’clock shadow.”
It’s also important to remember not to go overboard with the hair on the neck. The objective is to camouflage the double chin, so going overboard with the hair can actually have a negative effect.
An area most people don’t think of when trying to disguise double chins is actually making the beard appear thicker. Aftercare products are a key factor in this.
Beard grooming expert Michael Blake states, “The use of beard oils and balms can help to thicken a thinner beard and make it more voluminous around the chin area.”
There are several products out there, ranging from shampoos to conditioners to hair fixers, that allow you to give the beard more volume and hold. Using these will help create a shinier, thicker looking beard.
Colour & Length
If there is enough length, the idea is to try and extend the beard length beyond the chin, allowing the eyes to follow beyond the double chin area, thus distracting from it.
Hairstyling Apprentice, Eric Sid hopes to help enlighten us further. “I would suggest keeping the beard a few shades darker than the hair so that it draws attention away from the chin, again distracting from the area.”
Visit A Barber
When trying to hide the double chin, a visit to the barber is essential in order to get the desired look. When going to the barbers, ensure you bring a photo that clearly showcases the beard you’re after.
The barber should be able to give you advice on the best style for your face and how to use the beard to your greatest advantage.
It all comes down to finding the right balance, the right product and the right style. When done correctly and with enough attention to detail, the double chin can become barely visible, thus giving you a much slimer and defined look.