How to Make a Mustache & Beard Look Thicker

by M. Skylar Ezell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Beards and mustaches are popular facial hair styles for men. Different lengths and thickness fit different facial shapes. A common frustration among many men is a lack of thickness in their beard or mustache. One popular way to make facial hair appear thicker is to fill in a beard or mustache with a woman's lip liner or an eyebrow pencil. However, there are a few tricks that will need to be followed to ensure that this tip is carried out properly.

Match the mustache or beard to the closest color lip liner or mascara. Using the wrong color can make the added makeup more obvious. It's important to match the color not only to your hair, but also to your skin as well.

Wash and dry your face before applying the lip liner to your beard or mustache. Having your face clean will free it of any debris, such as food particles. Keeping your face dry will allow the lip liner or eyebrow pencil to remain as a filler in the mustache or beard without running off as a weak residue.

Fill in the beard or mustache with a small amount of the lip liner while using a mirror. Using too much lip liner will make the beard or mustache look fake, and will counteract the overall attempt to make it look real and thick. If you have to use large amounts of lip liner to increase the fullness of the beard or mustache, then there may not be enough hair to work with yet.


  • Avoid getting sweaty so as to keep the lip liner and eyebrow pencil from smudging on your face.

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About the Author

M. Skylar Ezell has been writing about politics, entertainment, urban culture and career-related topics since 2007. His communications work for Fortune 500 companies in health care, technology and hospitality has resulted in international recognition, including the Association for Talent Development BEST Award and Achievers Global Award. He is a graduate of Georgia State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations.