The Van Dyke

The Van Dyke

The Van Dyke can loosely be described as ‘the artsy goatee’. It was originally named after 17th-century Flemish painter Sir Anthony Van Dycke. The artist featured the beard in many of his phenomenal portraits (and self-portraits). Since then, other artists such as Johnny Depp have been snapped on the streets keeping the legacy of Van Dyke very much alive. While this beard has many variants, it is most distinctive with a pointy beard and moustache.

    1. Grow Your Beard. For this style you will need a few weeks’ worth of beard growth. 10mm minimum. If you have a long beard, trim to the length you desire.
    2. Trim the base. Trim below the base of your chin. Create a clear base line for your beard.Neck Trim With Beard-01
    3. Trim the rest of your neck
    4. Trim your cheeks

Diagram displaying the trimming area of cheeks for a beard

  1. Cut the cable – Separate your moustache and beard with your trimmer.Man with a van dyke beard, arrow points to the trimming are of his chin
  2. Define the edges of your chin beard. You may reduce the width of your beard slowly by trimming each side in increments.
  3. Symmetry Check. Look at your beard. Tailor and tighten the edges. If you are using an electric trimmer consider clean shaving over the open areas for extra definition.
  4. Optional. Wax your moustache, creating natural curls towards your forehead. You can do this to the end of your beard for a traditional look. You will need at least 20mm of hair growth to make this work.Illustraton of a curled mustache
  5. Wash your face with cold water to tighten your pores.
  6. Apply a moisturising cream or after shave cream to your skin.

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