Is it time to steer away from the beard? gallery

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Here's a look at some of the best and worst celebrity beards, starting with Jamie Dornan, who seems quite chuffed with his facial hair - and rightly so.

A bit of sexy stubble suits David Beckham quite well.

Sorry, Spiderman - Andrew Garfield can't quite pull off a beard.

Idris Elba, on the other hand, can pull off pretty much any kind of look.

Matthew McConaughey's scraggly style gets a thumbs down.

A well-groomed and well-played style by Chris Pine.

Ryan Reynolds appears to be a charmer both with or without facial hair.

People loved Chris Evans' beard so much that it got its own Twitter account.

We're not sure if that counts as a beard on Brad Pitt, but either way - it needs to go.

Jake Gyllenhaal has nailed the lumbersexual style.

Thankfully, Leonardo DiCaprio's full-bearded look didn't last long.

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Whether it's a sculpted chin-stroker, a salt and pepper shadow, a full Ned Kelly, or something in between, boisterous beards are everywhere. But have we reached "peak beard"?

"We're steering away from the beard now, I think they've had their day," says Sebastian Hoyle, artistic director of Melbourne-based men's grooming mecca One For Men. Hoyle has seen a few hirsute trends come and grow over 30 years in the grooming business.

Messy hair and unruly bushranger beards are giving way to clean cut, put-together style.

"Men are going for a more 1940s look – it's a great era for men – with hats and sharp haircuts, cleanly shaven with the top button done up. Why not?"

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of many celebs who embraced the bearded look.
ANDREW KELLY

Jake Gyllenhaal is one of many celebs who embraced the bearded look.

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SHAVING THE SHADOW

Three-day growth is currently the way to go, says Hoyle – "It looks better on men who have a bit of a baby face" – but gents should tame the fuzz with a good quality clipper, like one from American brand Wahl.

"The blades are smaller and they shave down more thinly without cutting the skin," he says. "And you shouldn't get anything too cheap because the blades don't last as long."

If you've decided it's time to shave off the beard, Hoyle recommends exfoliating your face well first to lift ingrown hairs, and applying water-soluble shaving oil.

"I would always shave in the shower, too, where the steam is going, because it really opens the pores and you get a really beautiful shave."

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- ExecutiveStyle.com.au

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