How to Darken a Goatee Beard

by Alex Smith ; Updated September 28, 2017

Mascara can be used to temporarily darken a goatee.

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There are many reasons why a man might want his goatee beard to appear darker. An older man might want to appear younger for a meeting, or a light-haired man may need to appear darker for a character in a play or film. There are a number of semipermanent products on the market for darkening hair, but a temporary solution is to use waterproof mascara.

Items you will need

  • Waterproof mascara
  • Tissue
  • Hairdryer
  • Fine-toothed comb
Step 1

Select a shade of waterproof mascara that is close to your hair color. Most men will use medium to dark brown. Do not use black unless your hair is also black; otherwise it will look artificial.

Step 2

Unscrew the mascara cap and remove it from the tube. It has a built-in mascara wand.

Step 3

Wipe excess blobs of mascara off of the wand with a tissue.

Step 4

Bush the mascara onto the hairs of your goatee, beginning under your lip and working your way down. Remove any mascara that gets on your skin with a pointed cotton swab before it can dry.

Step 5

Apply mascara to your mustache, if you have one, beginning under your nose and working down to the sides of the mouth.

Step 6

Allow the mascara to dry. You can speed this process with a hair dryer if desired.

Step 7

Apply a second coat of mascara if needed.

Step 8

Brush through your goatee in a downward motion with a fine-toothed comb to remove mascara clumps and separate individual hairs.


  • The waterproof mascara is durable, but can smear if you touch your goatee too roughly.


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About the Author

Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.