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There is more to the hum­ble side­burn than meets the eye. Gone (gen­er­ally) are the days of the bushy mut­ton–chop style, but there are still many more side­burn styles to be found.

While it could be ar­gued that you should pick what­ever style you pre­fer, there is ac­tu­ally an art to choos­ing based on your face shape — and most cer­tainly an art to main­tain­ing the look.

The short side­burn is per­fect to bal­ance out a tri­an­gle–shaped or rec­tan­gu­lar face, as well as adding width for oval and pear shapes.

Pos­si­bly the eas­i­est to main­tain, a short style is also neat and pre­cise for more for­mal work and other func­tions.

You can also add tex­ture by keep­ing them some­what bushy with­out look­ing like a cave­man.

Long side­burns prob­a­bly sit along­side short ones as the most com­mon style.

Per­fect for fram­ing the face, you can fin­ish the side­burns just be­low your ear or keep them so long that the line be­tween beard and ‘burn is vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able.

This look is best car­ried off by those with square or round faces, or if you have prom­i­nent cheek­bones.

If you’re feel­ing more ad­ven­tur­ous and know what will suit your face, there is the skinny side­burn, ta­pered side­burn, or slen­der pointed side­burn.

Re­gard­less of the de­sign you choose, it is es­sen­tial to keep your side­burns neat at all times.

Reg­u­lar trim­ming and daily comb­ing is a must, but us­ing a groom­ing prod­uct can help as well.

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