11 Before and Afters That Prove Scruff Is the Man's Contour

 

#BetterWithBeards

 

 

Contouring is the beauty trend that launched a thousand how-to articles, YouTube tutorials and dedicated product lines for makeup brands everywhere.

 

 

When done right (read: nothing heavy-handed), contouring can enhance facial features, create dimension and even slim down the face. Scruff and stubble, apparently, do the same for men.

 

It’s more than the je ne sais quoi men with a little scruff have about them: A study conducted by the Official Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society confirms facial hair is linked to physical attractiveness. “Beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes,” the study says. “[It suggests] that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring.”

 

 

So as women concern themselves with contouring, blending and highlighting, men have these steps to growing the perfect stubble to think about: grow, wash, shape, brush, maintain. Here, 11 before and after photos (of already fine fellas) that prove scruff is the man’s contour:

 

Kit Harington, actor

via @kitharingtonn on Instagram

 

Drake, rapper

via Scott Gries/Getty Images

 

via @champagnepapi on Instagram

 

 

Chris Pratt, actor

via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

 

via @prattprattpratt on Instagram

 

 

James Harden, basketball player

via chatsports.com

 

via trace.tv

 

 

Liam Payne, singer

via Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images

 

via Karwai Tang/Getty Images

 

 

John Legend, singer

via @johnlegend on Instagram

 

Keegan Allen, actor

via Luke Fontana, via @keeoone on Instagram

 

via @keeoone on Instagram

 

 

Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, singer

via Tumblr

 

via @theweeknd on Instagram

 

 

Chris Hemsworth, actor

via today.com

 

via @chrishemsworth on Instagram

 

 

Toby Kebbell, actor

via @tobykebbellmovies on Instagram

 

Source: Bauer Griffin

 

 

Zayn Malik, singer

via Getty Images

 

via @zayn on Instagram

 

 

 

Anyone else looking forward to No-Shave November?