You don’t have to be a huge fan of the Marvel character- and the ultimate genius billionaire playboy philanthropist (sorry, Bruce Wayne!)- Tony Stark to appreciate his perfectly trimmed and stylish beard. If you are a fan, it’s just an extra incentive to try it out for yourself.
We are going to be looking at how to grow, cut, and trim a Tony Stark beard- as well as take a look at the character in general to see what has made him such a pop culture icon! Let’s get started.
Who is Tony Stark?
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, Tony Stark is a character from Marvel Comics who premiered way back in March 1963 in the anthology series Tales of Suspense.
Following his first appearance in issue 39 of Tales of Suspense, he would go on to get his very own title – Iron Man – in May 1968.
Tony Stark is one of the most recognizable characters in Marvel, as well as comic books in general.
His rags-to-riches story began when he was born into poverty but achieved wealth beyond his dreams through his vast intellect combined with hard work and ingenuity.
He began working with his father when he was only 13 years old and at the young age of 16, he invented a device called the “arc reactor” which allowed him to generate electricity.
This invention is what began his journey to legendary status, earning him the first of his millions of dollars.
He later created a new kind of metal called “vibranium”, well known in the comic books and the cinematic universe, which is stronger than steel.
His alter ego of Iron Man is also one of the most popular and iconic superheroes of all time, with various iterations of him brought to life since his inception.
The most memorable of these iterations of the character came in 2008, with the live-action Iron Man movie that would go on to kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Iron Man in the MCU
In the MCU, Tony Stark is first introduced in the film Iron Man (not counting the cameo that he makes in the post-credits scene of The Incredible Hulk!).
In this version of the story, Tony is played by Robert Downey Jr, who sports that classic beard that has become so iconic.
As the main protagonist of the film, Tony Stark is a brilliant engineer and the founder of the weapons manufacturing company Stark Industries.
Tony creates the Iron Man suit after being kidnapped by terrorists, who he realizes have been using the Stark Industries weapons to commit their crimes.
He receives a serious wound to the chest in the process, leading to him creating the infamous arc reactor to save his own life.
Following his escape using the mark one Iron Man suit, Tony closes down his weapons division and decides to dedicate his life to helping those that he had once put in jeopardy with his weapons. Earning the self-proclaimed title of “Genius Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist”.
Tony quickly became the hero of fanboys all over the world, who wanted to be just like the cool, calm, and collected character.
Not only did he have an exciting and interesting life – and the riches and brains to back it up, but Tony also rocks an awesome beard that left many men clamoring to achieve his look!
Tony Stark’s Beard Style
So what is this beard style fit for a billionaire playboy philanthropist? Well, Tony does actually have a stylish beard in the comics too.
But it is his live-action, Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart that attracted the most attention for his suave sophistication, with just the right amount of cockiness thrown in for good measure.
This stems from the performance of Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark in the MCU. Whilst his beard does have similarities to the one the character sported in the comic books, Downey Jr’s beard perfectly brought a similar yet unique look to the big screen.
Downey Jr’s beard for his on-screen portrayal of Tony Stark consists of a thin style of facial hair. It’s not just a small or half beard though, it’s a combination of a goatee and an anchor beard.
Full-on beards and combination beards can always be a bit tougher to work with. Have no fear, though! Just because it is a little tricky to get right doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
To be more specific about the style of Tony Stark’s beard, in the films he sports a short, stubble beard that is trimmed nice and neatly. It is- as we said- a full-on beard, but it is not too long or too short.
It is relatively thin and has a defined, well-groomed nature. Stark tends to avoid any messiness, opting for a goatee with a thin and fine mustache.
The goatee combines with an anchor beard via a circular soul patch on his chin. This allows the beard of the chin to connect with the mustache to create that anchor beard look.
The beard itself is dark brown and is clean-shaven. The Tony Stark beard is the epitome of simple sophistication when it comes to men’s grooming, but it is also a super cool choice for fans of the characters.
But how do you even start when it comes to obtaining this look for yourself? We are going to be going through exactly what you need to do to achieve the Tony Stark look, by going through how to grow it out, cut it, and then how to trim it accordingly.
How to Grow a Tony Stark Beard?
If you want to grow a Tony Stark beard for yourself, there are a few simple steps that you will need to follow.
Firstly, If you currently don’t have any significant facial hair, then start growing your beard as soon as you possibly can. To get the best results, grow it out for around two months before you plan to start shaving and styling it.
When you start shaving, make sure to shave your beard every one or two weeks, and don’t take any shortcuts! Shave it to the best of your ability, using the proper techniques.
Whatever you do, do not just pull the razor across your face. This can lead to rashes and other skin irritations, which is not a look that Tony Stark would approve of! Make sure that your razor blade is sharp and then carefully trim away any unwanted hairs.
We did mention razors above but if you can, consider using an electric trimmer instead if you want to get the Tony Stark beard to look as accurate as possible.
An electric trimmer will keep your beard looking as neat as possible. They are also a great way to cut your beard evenly.
Do your research beforehand so that you get the electric trimmer that suits you best and that is the best possible quality within your budget. After a couple of weeks – once your beard is fully grown out, make sure that you avoid touching it.
This can be hard if you tend to touch your face out of habit, but do your best to avoid touching it in any way, whether it is brushing at it with your fingers or touching it in general.
Touching it can cause breakage, which will ruin your chances of obtaining the Tony Stark look! If you do feel the need to neaten it up a bit, use a comb and gently run it through your beard, being careful as possible as you do so.
As you continue to grow it out, ensure that you wash your beard regularly. This is just a general tip that will help you maintain cleanliness, as beards are notoriously tricky to keep clean seeing as they tend to get food stuck in them.
Another important factor to remember for general beard care- and to get the Tony Stark look – is to moisturize.
Moisturizing your beard is essential, particularly if you suffer from dry skin, as it can help prevent dryness. Dryness is not only itchy and uncomfortable, but it can also lead to split ends.
There are various products you can use to moisturize your beard, so have a look around at what is available and pick the moisturizing product that suits you best. You can also apply a thick layer of beard oil to keep your facial hair nice and moisturized.
Finally, remember that maintenance is essential! This is the case even more so for a particularly stylized look such as the goatee/ anchor beard style that Robert Downey Jr has when in the role of Tony Stark.
To maintain your beard, all you need to do is keep it happy, healthy, and neat. This will involve keeping it trimmed and free from dandruff.
How to Cut Your Beard Like Tony Stark?
Now for the information, you have all been waiting for! How to get the Tony Stark style with your beard cut. We do see the character trimming his beard in the movies and when he does, he uses a pair of scissors to neaten everything up.
Scissors are a great way to create a more rugged look, but they are also excellent for light trimming to ensure maximum neatness.
His beard is kept short and close-cropped, avoiding the overly bushy and unkempt look. He keeps it styled into a square shape which has a slight point at the bottom.
This is what is known as the anchor beard, combining the traditional goatee with a small, pointed beard on the chin.
Before you get styling, make sure to pick the right type of scissors for cutting your beard. For example, you should consider whether you want to use a straight razor or a safety razor.
Both work equally well, but if you haven’t used one or the other before, do some research to work out which would suit your personal preferences best.
Cutting your own beard can be a tricky process, so make sure that you should find somewhere private to do so where you won’t be disturbed. The last thing you want is to accidentally cut yourself or make your beard look unsightly thanks to a slip of the hand!
Prep your beard by making sure that it is clean – wash it thoroughly before you get to cutting – you can trim it down a little beforehand if you need to.
After doing this, get ready to start cutting! Hold your chosen scissors at a 45-degree angle, and then slowly and steadily move them down your beard.
Shape the goatee first, as this will be the trickiest part of the process. Use a beard shaping tool if you can, as this will aid you with your precision.
Trace where the goatee should end by beginning with the corners of the mustache. Then, draw outwards towards your chin. Shave any hair that is beyond this outline, whilst maintaining a thin line of hair on the side.
The next step is to focus on the inside of the goatee and maintain that hourglass shape in the center of the beard. Start in the middle of the diamond shape, which should be below where the soul patch on the chin would end.
Next, shave in an outward, downward motion using an electric shaver. Try not to shave off any of the thin flanks on the side of the goatee by accident! The thin nature of the goatee makes it particularly fine, so opt for even strokes to achieve the distinct, symmetrical look.
The mustache area of the beard goes downwards in a manner that is similar to that of a handlebar mustache. Trim the hairs down from the bottom of the nose and keep shaping the edges to get them as clean-cut as possible.
To help ensure its shape, use some beard balm and lather it all through the mustache and the beard.
After you finish cutting your beard, rinse it under cold running water to get rid of any pesky little hairs that might be clinging to your face. Once clean and free of any excess hair, pat it dry using a towel to remove any excess moisture.
How to Trim a Tony Stark Beard?
Tony Stark’s beard is always neatly trimmed. Even when he starts growing out his facial hair, he still maintains that neatly trimmed look. If you do decide to give Tony Stark’s beard a try, you will also need to keep it maintained regularly if you want to keep it looking fresh.
To trim your beard like Tony Stark, begin by choosing the right beard trimmer. There are many different kinds of beard trimmers available, so make sure to do your research before deciding on a specific one.
Read reviews online and check out the specifications before you make your decision.
Also, make sure that you compare prices between various brands so that you can keep within your budget. Unfortunately, we can’t all be billionaires like Mr. Stark!
Once you have decided on the beard trimmer that suits you best, you should be ready to start trimming. First off, shave off any unwanted stubble that may have accumulated.
Next, trim the sides of your beard to get rid of any hairs that may have cropped up on your cheeks since cutting your Tony Stark beard.
You can then begin to trim over the top of your beard. Aim to keep only the longest hairs to maintain that neatness. The longest hairs will usually be located near your chin, but make sure that you don’t accidentally shave off the soul patch whilst you do so!
Keep trimming until you reach your desired length and have the neatness that you want. Wash your beard thoroughly under warm water once you have finished trimming, and don’t forget to get it nice and dry afterward!
So there you have it! You should now have all the necessary information to grow out and then cut yourself your very own Tony Stark beard.
You’ll also be able to maintain it thanks to our guide on how to trim the beard too. You might not be able to be a billionaire genius with his own Iron Man suit, but you’ll certainly look the part!