Your guide to November’s hottest 'stache styles. Shaping your facial hair for Movember—worldwide men’s health awareness month—just became easy.
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Pull out your 'stache trimmers, and shave away your scruff, because Nov. 1 marks the kickoff of Movember. For 30 days, guys around the globe will rock the furry faux pas in an effort to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer.
From a full-on Magnum to a simple after-eight, here are 10 styles to give a bit of Mo inspiration.
French painters made this Mo a sophisticated staple. Since this style falls on the wispier side, any guy can accomplish it with a bit of precise grooming and upkeep.
Level of Difficulty: 5
Tip: Whiskers past the edge of the lip must go. Try the Dali by adding wax to the edges and swoop them upward.
Hulk Hogan’s blond horseshoe may scream over-the-top, but tame this Mo and you’ll channel a rugged cowboy. It’s perfect for the more ambitious. Mo Bro–side effects may include urges to get behind an 18-wheeler and don plaid.
Level of Difficulty: 7
Tip: Think of it as a bald-chin goatee. To add some furry fun to the mix, throw in some long sideburns.
The Rock Star
Decades of music legends wore this style as a sign of true rock stardom. In the '60s, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles made it acceptable for guys under 30. And today, from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to lady-pleaser John Mayer, there's a whole slew of musicians flaunting this 'stache.
Level of Difficulty: 6
Tip: The Rock Star comes thick or thin–focus on letting the edges grow out onto the cheeks.
It takes a certain type of man to pull off the classic Magnum–it’s a commitment and a lifestyle. This Mo means business. If you’re looking for the respect Daniel Day-Lewis demands in There Will Be Blood, try this on for size.
Level of Difficulty: 10
Tip: Though many a Mo Bro has tried, good genes are a must. If you’re blessed by the Mo Gods, you’ve won half the battle.
A non-committal style, many a celebrity has tried out the Pencil. Careful with this one: There’s a fine line between debonair and creepy. Growing a full goatee may help you stick to the classic look, without losing the integrity.
Level of Difficulty: 2
Tip: To maintain this simple above-the-lip line, use trimmers daily to keep scruff away.
Sitting like two arched eyebrows across the lip, this leftover Halloween Mo is perhaps the most iconic of all. If you’re feeling mischievous this month, this is the lip-tickler for you.
Level of Difficulty: 4
Tip: Keep freshly trimmed, and think Antonio Banderas.
The After Eight
If you aren’t the burly man-bear type, go for the subtle After Eight. This barely-there shadow let’s you join your fellow Mo Bro’s despite your lightness in the scruff area.
Level of Difficulty: 1
Tip: Let your Mo grow freely.
The Porn Star
One twitch of this perfectly groomed Mo will give you the suaveness of Ron Burgundy and the confidence of Ron Jeremy, a combo that no sex panther could turn down.
Level of Difficulty: 9
Tip: Make sure to tame the beast this Movember, because it works 100% of the time.
This curly-cue style stakes its popularity in stereotypical villains and circus ringleaders. If you’re looking for an over-the-top ‘stache, go for this head turning look.
Level of Difficulty: 8
Tip: Use a wax or pomade to maintain the end loops. Captain Hook didn’t roll out of bed in the morning looking this good.
Made popular by Sherlock Holmes and, in recent decades, the Super Trooper crew—Thorny, Mac, Rabbit and Farva—this ‘stache says authority. Pair with a pipe or aviators to take it to the next level.
Level of Difficulty: 3
Tip: Don't brush. The scratchy, au natural look is best for this one.