7 Ways To Shave & Style A Mustache

– I always feel like at the
beginning of these videos

I look like a dumpster fire.

– [Producer] No, you don’t.

– You know, I grow my beard out

and suddenly I’ve got this
dumpster fire on my face

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and they’re like, “Hi, I’m Matty Conrad.

“I’m a men’s grooming expert.”

Hey, GQ. It’s Matty Conrad and I’m back.

So is my beard.

But today we’re gonna focus
on something different,

that charismatic cultural
icon: the mustache.

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Throughout history, the mustache
has been a bold statement

of confidence and affluence
for many fashionable men.

Around the turn of the century,

a very tight, tailored mustache
became very, very vogue.

Think guys like Clark
Gable and Errol Flynn.

These guys exuded style,

and a lot of it was wrapped
up in their upper lip.

George Harrison in the 1960s,

just about everybody in the 1970s.

Nothing embodies the 1980s
mustache like Tom Selleck.

Hollywood A-listers like
Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt,

Idris Elba, and Eddie Murphy,

all of them know how to rock
a properly tamed ‘stache.

And today we’re gonna go
through several styles

that are gonna give you a
little bit of a better idea

of which one might be perfect for you.

Some guys can grow a
burly, thick mustache,

and other guys, not so much.

But that doesn’t mean

that there isn’t a mustache
shape for everyone.

So the tools I’m gonna be using today are

an adjustable clipper to remove the bulk,

a trimmer for outlining,

a fine-tooth comb from my mustache,

and I’m going to use a
wide-tooth comb for my beard.

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So I’ve grown my beard back out,

but along the way there
were a few styles and shapes

that I kinda wanted to come back to.

Today, I’m gonna turn this into a style

that a lot of you have
referred to as a beardstache,

but I call it the brogue.

Now, this kind of style is
usually a very amplified

and pronounced mustache
with a much tighter-looking

trimmed-down beard

so that the mustache is more prominent

than the beard itself.

So what I’m gonna do first
is I’m gonna use my comb

to protect the length of my mustache

by combing it out of the way.

And then gonna take my adjustable clipper

with a number two guard and
I’m going to work downwards

to remove the bulk of
the beard on the sides.

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I’m always working downwards

because I want a smoother finish.

As soon as I go upwards into the beard,

I’m gonna lose a lot more
hair than I wanted to.

Now, I don’t want to take everything

right down to a number two

because that’s gonna leave my beard

maybe a little shorter than I want it

and I wanna maintain just a
little bit of beard shape.

I’m gonna take my clipper
without a guard, invert it,

and I’m gonna punch a line
from where I want the length

of the beard to be right
towards my Adam’s apple.

I’m gonna do this right across

to create a nice strong
ledge along the bottom

that is gonna peak up
slightly into the corner

rather than flat and square.

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Now, to create a more pronounced mustache,

I need to take the hair on
my chin a little shorter.

So I’m gonna go back
to my number two guard,

I’m gonna lift my mustache
up the opposite way,

and then we’re gonna work
downwards over the chin.

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Now that we’ve got the shape roughed in

and relatively cleaned up,

one of the more important
things about this kind of style

is the outline.

And the outline is why
I call it the brogue.

Once the shape is put in

and we create that rounded outline on top,

it looks like the pattern you’d find

on top of a brogue shoe.

Creating the outline for a brogue style

is gonna require an electric trimmer,

and the electric trimmer
is gonna get things

really nice and tidy and outlined.

The most important line
of this entire shape

is the top line.

If you’re somebody that
has a very full face shape,

you want that line to be as
straight and linear as possible.

But if you’re somebody with
a more narrow face shape

or even a standard face shape,

you want that line to be slightly curved.

I’m gonna create a top line

that goes from the corner of my sideburns

right towards the point of my mustache.

And to create that nice curvature,

I’m gonna take my skin, I’m
gonna stretch it upwards,

and I’m gonna punch a
straight line right down

from the corner of my sideburn

towards the corner of my mustache.

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Now you wanna make sure that your mustache

really stands out, so I’m
gonna push the mustache down

and I can see a little hair in the corner.

You wanna remove all that hair.

And the easiest way to do
that is by turning the trimmer

to the flat side and
working away from that line

that you’ve created.

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Much better.

Let’s do that on the opposite side.

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Now we need to tackle your baseline,

and this is the line that we put in

right at the bottom of the beard.

We wanna make sure that’s
really nice and clean

and drops slightly towards the jawline

to create that fuller jaw shape.

So I’m gonna take my line
here and just clean up

what I’ve already created to
make sure it’s nice and crisp.

I’m then gonna take the hair on my neck

as tight as I can take it with my trimmer.

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To get this line even on both sides,

the best trick is to make sure

you keep looking straight ahead.

Don’t turn your head ’cause
you won’t be able to see

this side when you’re
working on this side.

Keep your head straight into the mirror

and use the angle of your
trimmer to create your line.

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Now we wanna make sure that
the back line is cleaned up.

These are the little
hairs that grow backwards

over the jawline and also
grows into your ears.

And that’s the stuff
that when it gets long

means it’s time for a haircut.

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Now that we’ve got the beard shape,

it’s time to focus on the
feature of today’s style,

which is the mustache.

Every mustache is broken
down into two parts:

the peak, which is the
center part of the mustache,

and the points, which is the
outer part of the mustache.

So for a shape like this I like to create

a slightly shorter peak and longer points.

Now, you can use a trimmer,

which is gonna create
really hard, clean line.

Or if you want something more organic,

you can use a small pair of scissors.

For longer mustaches,
I like to use scissors.

It creates a softer look.

So to do that I’m gonna take a comb

and I’m gonna comb my
mustache straight down.

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You can see when I comb my mustache down

it already creates a
natural kind of horseshoe

or like a peak over top of my lip.

But mustaches should
flow out to the sides,

so what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna create a center line

using my comb.

I’m gonna place it under my nose

and I’m gonna pull the hair
on one side of my mouth

out of the way.

Then I’m gonna start in the center

and I’m gonna create a nice peak shape

using my scissors, working downwards.

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Now that we’ve cleaned up the peak,

it’s time to deal with the
points of the mustache.

Now these are gonna be
kind of a personal choice.

Some guys like really long
curly Q kind of styles,

and some guys just like them
to be really nice and clean,

and that can best be done by
just taking them with a comb

and working on the outside,
cleaning whatever’s left over.

Now, the further you take your comb down,

the longer the outside of
the points is gonna be.

But I also have a different
way that I like to do this

because I like more of an old
timey style to my mustache.

There’s lots of guys that I’ve seen

that have curly little
mustaches that look really thick

and bushy in the middle with
little waxed tip points,

and I don’t like that.

I like mine to still look kind of natural.

So the trick that I like to use

is I take a matte texturizing product

to put into my mustache to
get a little bit of control

before I use a blow dryer and some heat

to shape it the way I want it.

I’m gonna use a little bit
of a matte finish paste here

called Super-Dry by
Victory Barber and Brand.

Just a tiny amount,

and I’m gonna work it
between my fingertips

and work it into my mustache

before I hit it with a blow dryer.

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Now already you can start to see

that it creates a little bit of an uptick.

But like most guys, I
always seem to have one side

that does it really easily

and one side that wants to flop down,

that’s why I’m gonna use my blow dryer.

I’m gonna take my comb and my blow dryer

and I’m gonna use high heat.

The reason I use high heat
when I’m styling facial hair

is ’cause facial hair acts
very much like plastic does.

When you heat it up, it
gets really soft and bendy,

and when you cool it down
again, it gets rigid and stiff,

just like plastic.

So I’m gonna heat my hair
up, sculpt into shape,

and then I’m gonna cool it down
in the shape that I want it.

So the first thing I’m
gonna do is take my comb,

create a center line, and
push one side out of the way.

Then I’m gonna use my
airflow to direct the hair

in the opposite direction on my lip

to make sure that it spreads apart

rather than just hang straight down.

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I’m then gonna use the airflow
pointed upwards at the ends,

which is gonna create more of my curve.

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Once I’m finished, I’m gonna take

just a little tiny bit more
product to get rid of the frizz

and make sure that mustache
looks nice and solid.

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Now that we have the
mustache styled and shaped,

I can see just little frizzy guys

pointing off the ends of the points,

and I want those to look relatively solid

and balanced on either side.

So what I’m gonna do then
is just take my scissors

and I’m gonna take off the very tips

to make sure they’re nice and even.

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Handsome, no?

What do you think?

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Now that we’ve created my stylish ‘stache,

let’s show you a few of the other options

that you can look for
on some of my clients.

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This mustache is made popular in the 1960s

and carried right through until the 1980s

when it was made most
famous by Hulk Hogan.

It’s very commonly misreferred
to as a handlebar mustache,

but a handlebar mustache is
in fact a longer mustache

that has a twisty rise to it on the ends

and looks like the
handlebars of an old bicycle.

Now, the classic horseshoe
has two sidelines

that drop right down

and terminate somewhere around the chin,

but the more modern
horseshoe breaks just below

the bottom lip.

My first client is Gerb

and he has a slightly rounder face shape,

and we’re gonna do a classic
horseshoe style on him.

Now for guys with fuller face shapes,

I don’t always like to shave

all of the rest of the hair
completely off the face.

They have a tendency to
look a little bit better

if we leave just a tight stubble

because it allows us to do
a little bit of contouring

and make his face look leaner.

To create a tight stubble for Gerb,

I’m gonna take a number one
guard on my adjustable clipper

and I’m gonna run all
the way around his face,

making sure that I protect the areas

where I want to keep the mustache.

Those are usually inside
the smile line areas.

Once we’ve done that, I’m gonna
outline it using my trimmer

to create a nice strong shape on his jaw

and then we’re gonna outline the top line

using a straight razor.

At this point, I wanna
try and keep the line

as angular as possible to
give him a leaner look.

Once we’ve established
the shape of the mustache,

making sure that we’ve left
the sides nice and long,

I’m gonna clean up the edges lightly

using a pair of scissors.

If I turn the scissors on their side,

I’m not gonna be cutting into the stubble.

I’ll just be able to create
a slightly cleaner outline

for the mustache and the imperial.

So now that we’ve completed
a classic horseshoe on Gerb,

you can see that it’s a
little rougher looking,

it’s a little more organic,

and it’s not perfectly polished up.

This creates more of a feeling
of a ’70s-style mustache

and has a little bit
more of a bad-ass vibe,

which really is the point
of this kind of a mustache.

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The way to transition
between a classic horseshoe

and a modern horseshoe

is just about the length of the sidelines.

Classic horseshoe, the
lines are gonna terminate

somewhere around the chin;

for a modern horseshoe,
that line is gonna terminate

somewhere just below the bottom lip.

A cleaner, more modern
version of this mustache

can be seen on celebrities
like The Weeknd or Idris Elba.

These guys have got their mustache

tamed down nice and tight,

and they’ve reduced the
length of those sidelines

to just below their mouths.

One of the things you’re
gonna find very commonly

accompanying this type of mustache

is a little patch of
hair below the bottom lip

that we refer to as the imperial.

Now, that’s there to
stretch out the face shape.

If you’re somebody with a
slightly fuller face shape

that’s looking for a more elongated look

than a mustache we’ll provide you,

then just leave that little
patch of hair below your lip.

You’ll be surprised what
a difference it makes

in elongating the shape of your face.

So to transition this style
into a more modern version

of a horseshoe,

we’re gonna take the sides of the mustache

and we’re gonna raise them up.

Instead of having them
terminate at the chin,

we’re actually gonna bring
those up a little bit

so they drop down

below the sides of the
mouth just slightly.

A good way to determine
how long they should be

is to take your comb and
place it in the divot

between your lower lip and your chin.

Keep your comb level.

At that point is where we should terminate

the ends of the mustache.

We’re also gonna take
the edges of the mustache

and define them more clearly

giving it a slightly more squared look.

This is gonna give it a
more modern appearance

and make you look just a
little bit trimmer and tidier.

This style of mustache is
perfect for a fuller face shape

because it creates a
slightly more elongated look.

Even though the points
don’t go all the way down

to the chin, just drawing
them down past the mouth

slightly stretches the bottom of the face

and gives you a leaner look.

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My next client is Jason,

and Jason has something
that a lot of guys run into

where their mustache
doesn’t necessarily connect

to the rest of their beard

and there’s a little
patch that doesn’t seem

to wanna grow hair.

He also has a narrow face shape,

which means he’s ideal

for being able to take
this down nice and clean.

So what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna take down the cheeks

using just my trimmer,

which is gonna leave just
a tiny hint of stubble.

Now I’m not gonna remove
that entirely quite yet

because what we’re gonna create for him

is an anchored mustache style.

And an anchored mustache style means

that the top is a strong mustache

but there’s a disconnected
small beard underneath

and creates kind of an anchor shape.

To create this, we’re gonna make sure

that we work inside the smile lines

and create a clear definition

between the mustache and the beard.

One of the most important
things about trying to keep this

as a contained style is making
sure that the beard component

is inside the points of the mustache.

This kind of style has a little bit more

of a grunge feel to it.

Guys like Johnny Depp can be seen

wearing this pretty regularly.

There’s a reason why I didn’t
take all of the stubble away.

It gives it just a slightly
more lived-in feel.

This is an ideal style for guys

that have ultra sparse
growth on their cheeks

or guys that have a disconnected mustache

from the rest of their beard.

It still gives you lots of style points

but doesn’t amplify the
struggles that you’re having

trying to fill in your cheeks

or that little point
right next to your mouth.

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Tom Selleck’s mustache
shape is what we refer to

as a chevron.

And a chevron is basically
paralleled on both sides,

two square shapes that descend

towards the outside of the lip

and break just at the corner of the mouth.

Now, a classic chevron is
gonna be left a little fuller

and a little thicker,

but the modern chevron is
shorter, leaner, and cleaner.

Most recently, you’re gonna be able to see

this mustache style on
actors like Milo Ventimiglia

and Joe Jonas.

But this kind of mustache does require

a bit of a thicker
girth on your upper lip,

so it’s not an ideal style

if you only grow a few
whiskers up top there.

A chevron mustache has a strong baseline

that’s angled slightly
down from the center,

and the exact same angle is mimicked

for the top of the mustache

from the nostrils down out
towards the outside of the mouth.

I’m gonna start by removing the goatee,

but I’m still gonna leave a
little bit of an imperial.

I’m not sure why; I just
really like the way this looks.

Then we’re gonna really
clearly outline the mustache

and make sure all of
the lips are cleaned up

above the top lip and the
outline is nice and square.

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Now this is a slightly
leaner-looking mustache

that extends past the corners
of the mouth outwards.

This is kind of a cooler old school look.

Think old Hollywood vibes on this one.

This kind of mustache is a
little thicker in the middle

and it’s tapered down to
slightly tighter points

at the ends.

It’s also usually
notched out in the center

to create a nice clean center line

separating both sides of the mustache.

This type of mustache can
be left a little longer

like this to create a more of
a pronounced-looking style.

This is an excellent choice for guys

that don’t have super thick
growth on their upper lip.

To create this kind of a mustache,

you wanna start by setting
a really strong lip line.

Make sure that it’s nice and square

and extends from the
high point in the middle

and descends slightly towards
the outside of the lip.

Then we’re gonna start reducing the length

on top of the lip.

We wanna leave this thicker in the middle

so we’re gonna create a
slightly steeper point

going from the inside of the nostril

all the way down towards
the point of the mustache.

To balance out the imperial,

we’re gonna take our scissors

from the corner of the mustache
and angle them downward.

This is gonna create
sort of a diamond shape

that’s gonna balance out
the shape of the mustache.

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This is one of my favorite
styles of mustache

because it’s a strong look.

In the 1920s guys like
Clark Gable and Errol Flynn

wore this kind of mustache

and they just exuded a
certain kind of charisma

and charm and confidence.

To start this mustache,

we’re gonna further clean up the lip line

to make sure that it sits
just above the upper lip.

Then we’re gonna angle our trimmer down

and we’re gonna push
the mustache down on top

to make it thinner

and make sure that that
point is aiming right towards

the corner of the mouth.

To further amplify this,

we’re gonna reduce the
size of the imperial

and we’re gonna clean up all
of the rest of the stubble

on the face until he looks clean shaven.

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And you know what? I’ve changed my mind.

Let’s get rid of the imperial altogether.

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There you have it, GQ.

Now you know how to shave
different mustache styles.

Now, if you are a little bit hesitant

about getting a mustache

and not sure if you have what
it takes to wear one yourself

just remember, it’s not
what you’re wearing,

it’s how you wear it.

People are mostly attracted to confidence.

I really believe that there’s a mustache

for every personality type out there.

And as always, if you’re having trouble

trying to find that perfect
facial hairstyle for you,

go and see your barber.

They’re full of great advice

and can help you get the exact
look that you’re going for.

Thanks a lot for joining
me again today, GQ.

Check out all of our other videos

for all of your facial
hair grooming needs.

And until I see you next time,
good luck and good grooming.

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