25 Aug 2013

Van Dyke Beard Style

Van Dyke Beard Style

The Van Dyke beard is a goatee combined with a Copstash Standard mustache, usually the two are not connected. This style of beard is named after 17th century Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck. This beard style also spelled Vandyck or Van Dyck.

This style of beard was popular in Europe in the 17th century. It died out in Britain with the Restoration, when French styles and wigs became popular. Van Dyke became popular in the United States in the 19th century. Chicago Chronicle columnist Edith Sessions Tupper condemned this beard style, along with the goatee, as indicative of a man “who was selfish, sinister, and pompous as a peacock.” Nevertheless, the style became symbolic of the United States government.

How to trim a Van Dyke

This style was named after the seventeenth-century Flemish painter Sir Anthony Van Dyke (also spelled Van Dyck), who was known for his religious themed paintings and regal portraits (in which many of the big-shots sported beards just like his). Typically, the style consists of a short, pointy beard and a waxed pointy mustache, without hair on the side of the face.

  • Stop shaving for about one week. At this point, your whiskers will be shorter than necessary to achieve this style; however, you can begin shaping it while keeping the rest of your face clean-shaven.
  • Using a razor or shaver attachment, shave your cheeks clean, leaving your chin whiskers and mustache intact. As your chin beard (goatee) grows longer, carefully trim into a pointed shape using an unguarded trimmer and a careful technique. You don’t want to trim too deeply into the beard or snip off the tip you’ve worked so hard to grow!
  • Twist the ends of your mustache into points, applying a light-weight wax to maintain the shape.

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