David Beckham is, to be honest, good at pretty much everything. Football… nailed it. Fashion design… also mastered. Grooming regime… perfected, and that goes for his beard as well as his hair. Sure, the popularity of facial hair comes and goes, but every time Beckham returns to it he does so in the sharpest way possible. That beard is proportioned to perfection, slightly heavier around his jawline and totally smooth all over. For the gents struggling to tweak theirs, Beckham is a solid point of call. So we called up one of our favourite barbers, Carmelo Guastella, and got the lowdown on his top tips for following it…

What are your best styling tips and product recommendations to get my beard as well groomed as David Beckham’s?

Carmelo Guastella: I pride myself on being the creator of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Ali G goatee, so you’ve asked the right barber for Beckham beard tips. For years, he actually sported a strikingly smooth shaven face, but now he’s embracing the beard – and giving it 110 per cent.  

Beckham’s pitch-perfect beard would never earn him a red card, expertly managed into a very stylish yet very natural formation. So, if a Beckham beard is your goal, you’ll need your barber to crop the facial hair down under your chops for definition and a chiseled-featured look. 

To make sure he’s got it covered, your barber will need to use a mini clipper to ensure no stray hairs fall foul of your smile. Then, he can shorten the beard easily using a professional clipper (Wahl will do the trick). Trim to a number two (6mm) or three (10mm). That being said, I’d personally prefer to use scissors and comb to create that bespoke Beckham look.

It’s not over til the referee blows the whistle, so at home I’d advise that you moisturise and wash each day to soften the beard and hydrate your skin. Otherwise, it’ll start to feel dry and itchy and look a bit unruly.

If you’re over the age of 40 and in pursuit of Beckham’s beard, you may want to banish any grey hairs .