At the time of writing, three (that’s three) members of the GQ fashion team can be seen sporting heavy ’taches around magazine HQ. A look that – rightly or wrongly – is often associated with Seventies porn stars, the moustache, in fact, has had a long and illustrious history. King Charles I started the trend in the early 1600s.
A few centuries later, Lord Byron gave the Regency ladies something to swoon over with his perfectly twisted ’tache. More recently, James Franco, Henry Cavill, Bradley Cooper and David Beckham have all sported moustaches to elegant effect. Here, to help you figure out what type of ’tache suits you best (and help you take care of it), is GQ’s barber in residence Carmelo Guastella’s guide to making the most of your upper lip hair.
The classic: Tom Selleck
“To achieve this moustache, you need to have a large upper lip area with thick facial growth and it suits guys with strong jaws the best. You need about a month to grow it out to the desired length. Use a moustache comb and scissors to trim wayward hairs and cut a light line around the top lip. Use a small amount of beard oil and comb to smooth the hairs downwards. Also make sure you wash and condition your ’tache regularly.”
The product: Sailors Beard Oil by Haeckels, £34 for 50ml. haeckels.co.uk
The halfway house: Henry Cavill
“This modern style suits both square- and oval-shaped faces best. It has the advantage of not looking like a full-on moustache (which can still be quite polarising) because of the stubble backing. Achieve this look by growing your moustache out for a month. It doesn’t need to look perfect. Use scissors to remove stray hairs and use a high-quality clipper on the beard area to create a subtle, stubbled look – around two or three millimetres should do the trick.”
The product: Series 7000 beard trimmer by Philips, £50. At amazon.co.uk
The walrus: The Stranger, The Big Lebowski
“If you’re brave enough to sport this style of moustache, then you need to grow out the hair above your lip for a good two months. Don’t worry too much about being precise, as this is all about looking a bit rough and ready. The growth should hang well over the top lip. All you need is a comb and scissors to keep it in shape. Just make sure you grow out the sides. Regular washing is absolutely essential for this one.”
The product: Original Beard Shampoo & Conditioner by Bulldog, £6. bulldogskincare.com
The skimmer: Jamie Foxx
“The barely there moustache best suits oval-shaped faces You need softer facial hair to achieve this style. Start with a mini trimmer to get the line on the upper lip neat and perfect and use a classic razor to sharpen up the top. Use a pair of scissors to remove any odd hairs that stick up here and there.”