10 Best Short Beard Styles for a Trendy Look


Jake Gyllenhaal Short Beard

A beard can be telling about someone’s personality, style, and hygiene. Many consider it an extension of themselves. Short beards include simple and trim lengths or lavish and ornate beard styles, such as Seneca Crane’s epic beard from The Hunger Games.

Short beard styles include any facial hair look that’s trimmed around the mouth, chin, and jawline. These looks include stubble, goatees, anchor or Van Dyke beards, Balbo beard, Tony Stark beard, and close-cropped mustaches.

Here are the short beards trending today. Scroll below for expert styling tips and videos.

Short Beard Styles for Men

We’ve identified the best smaller beards worn by celebrities and recommended by expert barbers (below).

1. Stubble Beards

Short Stubble Beard

2. Goatee

Leonardo DiCaprio Goatee Beard
Leonardo DiCaprio

Common Circle Goatee
Common (rapper) – more hip hop beards.

3. Anchor Beards

David Beckham Goatee
David Beckham
Jeremy Renner Van Dyke Beard
Jeremy Renner – Image courtesy of Men’s Journal.

4. Circle Beard

Johnny Depp Circle Beard
See more Johnny Depp beard styles. See more Circle Beard Styles.

5. Patchy Beard

Short Patchy Beard with Fade
Learn how to Fix a patchy beard

6. Chin Strap

Chin strap beard style

7. Beardstache

Beardstache Style
See more beardstache styles. Image courtesy of @chrisjohnmillington

8. Tony Stark

Tony Stark beard
Robert Downey Jr. See more of his Iron Man Beard.

9. Van Dyke

Longer Van Dyke Goatee
See more Handlebar Mustache styles.
Get the Van Dyke Beard Style
Image courtesy of Men’s Journal.

10. Short Faded Beard

Groomed Stubble Beard Style
Short faded beard style with waves

Short Beard Guide

Grow a short beard, thick and dark, easily adding angles to your face and accentuating your chin. Remember, beards work to enhance different shaped faces. For example, a goatee style with a soul patch can elongate and widen your chin, depending on how it’s styled.

Steps and tips on style selection and how regular trimming keeps your short beard on trend.

What’s a Short Beard Called?

Short beards are a low maintenance solution over growing a full beard; living somewhere in-between clean shaven and a long beard.

Short beards have many names, including a goatee or anchor beard. There are also stubble beards and Van Dyke beards.

Easy Styling Tips

With your short beard style selected, you’ll need a few tools to maintain length and shape. Sometimes, goatees and stubble are easier to maintain because you only need electric clippers.

These tips include everything you need to cut your facial hair, fade your edges, and clean shaven facial hair to define your beard shape.

1. Short Beard Grooming Tools 

  • Electric clipper/razor
  • Multiple guards (.5 to 3 grades especially)
  • Blending shears
  • Beard oil or balm
  • Beard comb (we recommend a double-sided wood comb with narrow and wide teeth)
  • Boar bristle beard brush (optional)
  • Beard shapers or guides

Trim your beard frequently with our beard grooming toolbox for time saving, easy management.

This is definitely the ideal toolbox for beard styling. You can get by with clippers and a comb, too. However, if you plan to fade your beard or do any definition trimming, you’ll need shears too.

2. Trim with Beard Shapers and Guides

Like most of us, you’re probably not a barber. So if you’re worried about cutting your beard perfectly, a beard shaper or beard guide tool can help create perfect angles for your neckline and cheekbones.

These tools help shape your beard in minutes without guessing about facial hair symmetry and produce jaw-dropping results (literally). Making them the ideal tool for short beardsmen.

See – The Beard Bro Beard Shaping Tool Tutorial at work

3. Start with an All-Over Shave for Length

When going short, the length is the first to go. After growing out your beard, start with a #2 or #3 guard on your electric clippers to remove excess hair. I like to start with a higher guard, like a #3 or #4, stepping down to the shorter length.

It’s also really freeing to remove some length, so take before and after short beard pictures to show off your transformation. You may be totally surprised at your new look.

See – Long to short beard transformation (Regal Gentleman)

4. Fade and Shave

Shaving beard length is a major step, so take some time to find the style best for your facial features.

  • Do you want to trim away more hair and go for a goatee?
  • Do you want a short, close-clipped beard that transforms your jawline and chin?
  • It’s all up to you! Look at our short beard looks above and watch some videos before shaving any further.

You may also want to fade your beard using multiple guards. If you need help with this, our how to fade your beard article is a perfect follow-up to this short beard tutorial.

Here’s a look at two different “shorter beard” trimming videos. Yes, the medium beard is a bit longer than most, but it may be a good first step before committing.

Trimming a Shorter, Medium Beard

5. Use as Beard Comb with a Beard Balm or Oil

We recommend using a double-sided wood comb with wide and narrow teeth to comb after trimming. Be sure to apply a small dab of beard balm or beard oil beforehand.

The beard comb spreads the balm to each strand of hair, making your hair softer and more malleable for styling, but the true benefit is the neat, shiny result. It’s the final touch for a freshly shaven, short beard.

How Do I Choose My Beard Style?

  • Pick what’s best for your face shape.
  • Add definition and angles to highlight cheekbones, jawlines, and chin length.
  • Decide if you want defined lines, or a faded beard, which requires more upkeep.
  • Round faces look best with longer chin hair and short sides.
  • Square faces look best with beards short on the cheeks and longer chin hair.
  • Tony Stark and goatee looks work best on rectangle and oval faces.
  • Oval faces look great with almost any beard, but Van Dyke and anchor looks make your face more angular

See our complete guide on matching face shapes and beard styles. We provide tips on choosing a short beard style based on your face or what it says about your style, according to expert barbers.

What Length of Beard is Most Attractive?

Short beards are attractive because they don’t encompass the face like a bushy, large beard. With thick hair and unique styling, it’s easy to see how these beards can bring out the best in your face.

Some celebrities who rock short beards include:

#1: Leonardo DiCaprio – Short Beard with Side Part

Leonardo DiCaprio Best Celebrity Hair

#2 Christian Bale – Short Van Dyke Beard

Christian Bale Beard
Image courtesy of Men’s Health Magazine.

#3 Idris Elba – Short Door Knocker Beard

Idris Elba Soul Patch
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I'm the founder of Bald & Beards, an amateur barber and I've been obsessed with men's grooming, styles, and trends for over 20 years.