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How to Trim a Van Dyke Beard

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The preserve of artists and royalty, the Van Dyke beard puts its wearer in excellent company. Sophisticated yet creative, it speaks volumes – here’s how to make it work for you.

 

What is a Van Dyke beard?

Named after the 17th century Flemish painter who made it famous, the Van Dyke beard consists of a goatee underneath – but not connected to – a moustache.

 

When it comes to choosing a moustache to team with your Van Dyke facial hair, you’re looking at a wealth of options, although a natural moustache usually works best. This is a really creative style that leaves your cheeks smooth and includes that definitive, all-important gap between your moustache and beard. The result is a clean, well-framed look that will stand the test of time.

 

 

How to grow a Van Dyke beard

Growing a Van Dyke beard takes some commitment, but it’s well worth the time put in. You want to start with an all-over beard about 2cm long. Once you’re appropriately grizzled, start:
Step 1
Step 1: Comb your beard and moustache neatly downwards. Use your beard trimmer without the comb to trim a (slanting) line from the side of your moustache down to your jaw on each side.
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Step 2: Continue both lines below the jawbone, and connect them with a straight line along your neck. Symmetry is key here: watch the Van Dyke beard guide below to see what we’re talking about.
Step 2
Step 3: Remove the remaining hair on your cheeks and neck, without going too close to the outline of your beard and moustache.

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What you need

Beardtrimmer series 5000

Beard trimmer

BT5502/15

Beardtrimmer series 5000 Beard trimmer

BT5502/15

One pass even trim

The even and precise trim you want when creating your 3-day stubble, short or long beard look. Our innovative Lift & Trim PRO system lifts the hairs up to the level of the double-sharpened blades for a one pass even trim. See all benefits

Suggested retail price: $89.95

One pass even trim

The even and precise trim you want when creating your 3-day stubble, short or long beard look. Our innovative Lift & Trim PRO system lifts the hairs up to the level of the double-sharpened blades for a one pass even trim. See all benefits

One pass even trim

The even and precise trim you want when creating your 3-day stubble, short or long beard look. Our innovative Lift & Trim PRO system lifts the hairs up to the level of the double-sharpened blades for a one pass even trim. See all benefits

Suggested retail price: $89.95

One pass even trim

The even and precise trim you want when creating your 3-day stubble, short or long beard look. Our innovative Lift & Trim PRO system lifts the hairs up to the level of the double-sharpened blades for a one pass even trim. See all benefits

Step 3
Step 4: Trim your moustache below the corner of your lips to leave a gap above your beard, and shape your moustache to a style that suits you. Trim two semicircles around your soul patch, too.
Step 4
Step 5: Put on the trimmer comb, and trim the hair on your chin evenly to the length you want. For a neater effect, tidy up with the rotary shaver.

The Van Dyke beard is the facial hair of kings

A beard with real history, the Van Dyke has been sported by English royalty, Roman emperors, and (of all people) Vladimir Lenin. When worn outside of period dramas, it speaks to a certain degree of roguish sophistication. Keep your Van Dyke beard closely trimmed to bring it up to date, and wear with kingly pride.

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