Bristling With Beard Ideas

Beards are as personal as steampunk. Steampunk is a personal culture and your experience will be different from that of everyone else’s. That being said, to embody the essence of the culture, there are certain styles and fashions that best fit the bill. Whether you’ve created a steampunk character or simply like to present yourself in this culture’s style, your facial hair is one aspect of your look that can help you polish your appearance.

Why is your facial hair an integral part of your Steampunk persona and look? The answer lies in the simple fact that since Steampunk is a fantasy era created and fostered by members of the culture, any identifying elements add depth to your presentation. Getting dressed in your favourite Steampunk style clothes is just one facet of your look. Choosing a facial hair style that exudes the attitude of the Steampunk and encompasses its values will help you create a multidimensional persona.

At the end of the day, the way you choose to dress and style your facial hair are decisions that rest solely with you. Following the Steampunk lifestyle is not difficult, as long as you know what styles complement your overall look. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, check out four of our favorite Victorian facial hair styles:

Handlebar Moustache

Beard or Moustache? Friedrich Nietsche (sekitar 1875) opted for the former
Friedrich Nietsche (sekitar 1875). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like the idea of sporting a handlebar mustache, proper care methods will be of the highest importance to you. A reliable way to end up with a full and satisfactory handlebar mustache is to grow your whole mustache before attempting to style it. This will help you avoid a sparse or uneven look.

Growing a handlebar mustache takes some time and patience, but once you achieve your desired look, upkeep is as simple as a little shampoo and conditioner.

The handlebar moustache was popularized during the World War I era and worn by many soldiers throughout the duration of the 19th century. Besides soldiers in war, the style was also adopted by significant American Wild West figures like Wyatt Earp.

Along with Earp, some very famous historical figures have sported handlebar moustaches. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, 27th US President William Howard Taft, American banker J.P. Morgan, and Soviet politician Joseph Stalin are among the most well-known!

Verdi Beard

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Matthew “Victor” Rogers from Victor & The Bully sports a Verdi Beard and Moustache

The Verdi style beard is a look that is full and tends to stand out in a crowd. This style will suit anyone but may give an extra punch to your look if you have an oval-shaped face or a particularly narrow chin.

The main characteristics of the Verdi beard are the full, but short beard, which should measure 10 centimeters or under from your bottom lip, and the moustache, which you can style distinctly to set it apart from the round beard.

The Verdi Beard was inspired by Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian operatic composer, known for his collection of masterpieces including La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and Rigoletto. Verdi was an artistic rebel who created work which spread revolutionary, anti-establishment messages to the Italian people.

The Verdi Beard evokes the rebel twist and essence of the Steampunk culture.

Dapper Moustache

James Franco sporting the Dapper Moustache

The Dapper mustache is a style that fits well into the steampunk culture and the rest of wider society. This mustache is known for its fullness, which covers a large part of your upper lip, and its sleek, downward pointing angle. The tips of the Dapper mustache come to a soft point, for a neat look. It’s helpful to use a light gel or foam to keep your Dapper mustache in place throughout the day.

You may also hear the Dapper moustache referred to as the Chevron moustache. It is a style that is considered the youngest variation of the handlebar moustache and was popularized in the 1970s and 1980s. Chances are you have seen this style worn by actor Tom Selleck.

Two Pointer Beard

The Two Pointer beard is a statement style that is best maintained using a stronghold wax. This style can be worn short, long and with curled or pointed tips. The Two Pointer beard is also known as the French Fork Beard.

Although the name highlights France, this beard style originated in the Middle East and made its way to Europe during the Early 14th Century Renaissance. The French Fork beard has a Gothic feel and captures the romanticism which has a place in the Steampunk culture. It’s a look coveted by vintage enthusiasts, intellectuals and artists.

The man who worked to modernize the German Imperial Navy, Grand Admiral von Tirpitz, is an iconic representative of the French Fork beard.

About the author:

Aron James is the founder of StubblePatrol.com. Stubble Patrol is a site on male grooming. He loves to write about his personal experiences.  He feels that his tips and tactics will help his readers to enhance their level of self-confidence.  As well as their overall appeal. Changing your overall look can do wonders for anyone, so be sure to visit his site soon.

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