Mustache Styles

In cooperation with the U.S. Attorney General's office, the certified mustacheology (CM) department at the American Mustache Institute qualifies and certifies varying luxurious mustache styles that accentuate the upper lips of millions of Mustached Americans.

Style Guide

AMI-certified lower nose accoutrements:


Chevron

A thick and wide mustache, usually worn long to cover the top border of the upper lip.
Chevron


Dali

A narrow mustache with long points bent or curved steeply upward. Named for artist Salvador Dali.
Dali


English

A narrow divided mustache that begins at the middle of the upper lip, with long whiskers pulled to either side of the center. The areas beyond the corners of the mouth are typically shaved.
English


Fu manchu

A mustache that begins on the upper lip and whose whiskers are grown very long to extend down each side of the mouth down to the to jaw. The areas just past the corners of the mouth are shaven, thus differentiating this style from the “horseshoe” (see below).
Fu manchu


Handlebar

A handlebar mustache can be worn large or small (“petit handlebar”); it is characterized by the fact that it is bushy and must be worn long enough to curl the ends upward, which is usually achieved with styling wax.
Handlebar


Horseshoe

A full moustache with vertical extensions grown on the corners of the lips and down the sides of the mouth to the jawline, resembling an upside-down horseshoe. The whiskers grown along the sides of the mouth in the horseshoe are sometimes referred to as “pipes.” Not to be confused with the “fu manchu” which is grown long from the upper lip only– the sides remain shaven in the fu manchu.
Horseshoe


Imperial

A large mustache growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, whiskers from the cheeks are styled pointing upward.
Imperial


Lampshade

A mustache similar to the “painter’s brush,” but with corners angled slightly, resembling the shape of a lampshade.
Lampshade


Painter’s brush

A thick mustache covering the width of the mouth, usually worn short, with slightly rounded corners.
Painter's brush


Pencil

A thin, narrow, closely clipped mustache that outlines the upper lip. Pencil style mustaches can be trimmed in different manners (see below). Also sometimes called a “mouthbrow.”
Pencil


Pyramidal

A general name for mustaches shaped narrow on top and wide on the bottom, like a pyramid. Pyramidal mustaches can be shaped in a variety of ways, as shown below.
Pyramidal


Toothbrush

A thick mustache, shaved to be about an inch wide in the center.
Toothbrush


Walrus

A large, bushy, droopy mustache that hangs down over the lips, often entirely covering the mouth.
Walrus

 

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