Growing out a beard can dramatically change a man's look, but shaving one off can be even more of a shock, revealing the dreaded post-shave baby face. Some say that the right choice of beard styles make men's faces look stronger and more masculine, while others argue that it all comes down to bone structure. We're definitely not evolutionary scientists here at Bored Panda, but we've compiled some photos of guys before and after grabbing the razor, and we'd like to know which one you'd rather ride off into the sunset with.

Beards certainly have their place in this world, and they do a lot more than just aiding in human mating rituals. Bearded men, especially with thick facial hair, can boast about having a healthy balance of bacteria in their stubbles that are actually good in keeping skin healthy, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection. Male hospital workers in the US who were in the habit of shaving beards had higher amounts of harmful bacteria present on their faces than their bearded counterparts, possibly due to the damage skin often sustains after a shave. The youthful glow of a smooth look is worth a few nicks, though, and shaving has also been proven to scrape away dead skin cells.

It's hard to say whether having a beard is healthier or not, but it's undeniable that men with beards are either a hit or miss in aesthetics. Check out a whole list of before-and-after shaving comparisons below, and just try to believe that it's the same person in each photo.

#1

Before And After Beard

Before And After Beard

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

You have a very neat and orderly face. The beard destroys that neat look.

Kira Thesloth
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely better without the beard!!!

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Amanda
Community Member
4 years ago

Woah you're attractive

Lucine Kazanian
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous eyes

Viktorija Gorcakovaite
Community Member
4 years ago

I actually love the beard. Looks hot on you.

Shelly Lamb
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! The treasure has been unearthed !

dbb dbb
Community Member
4 years ago

Much better without

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
4 years ago

This gentleman is very lucky- he looks great both ways. Nice to be able to do something different now and then.

Salma Abidi
Community Member
4 years ago

I actually like the before-look better

Joelyn Kitzmiller
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous without!

Jo Black
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! Falling in love in 3 - 2 - 1 ... 😍

Cat Clemmo
Community Member
4 years ago

so much better without

Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

better shaved

Fillippa Nöel
Community Member
4 years ago

Those eyes

Carol Heiser-Stefanski
Community Member
4 years ago

Exceedingly handsome young man without the beard. Drawn to your eyes now.

Leah Tafolla
Community Member
4 years ago

I would date the shit out of him

Gabriela Moreno
Community Member
4 years ago

I like with it!!!

Mary Ker
Community Member
4 years ago

I'd like to have seen you with a neatly trimmed beard.

Rachael Melville
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks like a dream without the beard!

Connie Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Without the beard he looks very much like Ralph Fiennes. Which is a good thing.

Roxy Perez
Community Member
4 years ago

Very handsome!

Wyndmere
Community Member
4 years ago

Before -meh. After - handsome.

Signe Mollerup
Community Member
4 years ago

What a damn beauty! I want him!!

Cynthia McCarver
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! What a hottie without a beard!

Debbie Detmer
Community Member
4 years ago

Much more attractive without the beard

Heather Treloar
Community Member
4 years ago

A very good looking fella when he is groomed.

Bruce Brown
Community Member
4 years ago

There is a difference between bearded and slovenly.

Peter Jacobs
Community Member
4 years ago

The beard needs trimming and the shaved photo is airbrushed. Jury's out.

Violaine LB
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks super hot either way!

Aegon VI Targaryen
Community Member
4 years ago

if that beard was tamed he'd look better with it then without.

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
4 years ago

He looked like he had a substance abuse problem, now he looks like a school teacher.

Susan Gardner
Community Member
4 years ago

Whoa MODEL look without the beard. Those eyes.

Hilary Prior
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous - without the beard

Gary BE
Community Member
4 years ago

he just needed to tidy it up

Sharon Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Before he looks like a scary homeless guy. Without the beard, can see his eyes are gorgeous and he looks like a successful intense handsome guy.

La
Community Member
4 years ago

From homeless to model.

Breezy S
Community Member
4 years ago

Think he looks better with the beard!

Kwaku
Community Member
4 years ago

I can't decide - both look good!

Nancy E
Community Member
4 years ago

Ditto ! Much better without !

Lara B.
Community Member
4 years ago

OMG, those eyes!!!😍

Tonia Anderson
Community Member
4 months ago

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Jay Ishere
Community Member
10 months ago

Right hand photo just overly photoshopped to look smooth and blemish free

Linda Motta
Community Member
2 years ago

Better without it

Meryl Aldcroft
Community Member
2 years ago

Incredible eyes, and you notice them more without the beard..

Dawn Manley
Community Member
2 years ago

After!

Mindy Keys
Community Member
2 years ago

Merciful mother of Zeus! What a stunning man.

Karen Martinez
Community Member
2 years ago

Handsome!

Eleanor Norman
Community Member
3 years ago

After.

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
3 years ago

Those eyes 😍

Roxy Hebb
Community Member
3 years ago

Who knew their was a handsome man under that messy bush?

Mr HAx
Community Member
3 years ago

u were looking more beautiful with beard

Trisha Haskett
Community Member
3 years ago

The first hair was better

Laure Delmas-Nick
Community Member
3 years ago

Better without

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
3 years ago

Best look is hair on left, beard on right.

Pamela Blue
Community Member
3 years ago

Now this I prefer #2. The first one reminds of a brillo pad. LOL!

Josh Weaver
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks great in both pictures thanks to his eyes but the "after" pic has some heavy photo shopping and/or makeup to deal with those under eye shadows and his much darker eyebrows.

Nora Dauser
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow love the unbreaded look!

Rebecca Weeks
Community Member
3 years ago

The beard just needs a trim, the lighting is shite in the first pic

Loredana Kardia
Community Member
3 years ago

i like this guy without the beard.

Denise Melek
Community Member
3 years ago

The beard looks like pubic hair :/.

Bonnie Barney
Community Member
3 years ago

The beard is horrible and ugly. He is such an attractive guy without it

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
3 years ago

More handsome when clean shaven

Mae
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks exactly the same, just missing the beard on the second one.. I wonder if this one got the most points just cause he's a good looking fella hmm

Ivana Nikolic
Community Member
3 years ago

Better with beard but shorter one.

Amorina Shannon
Community Member
3 years ago

I agree with john

Bianca Bia
Community Member
3 years ago

Those eyes omg 😍

Bianca Bia
Community Member
3 years ago

Those eyes OMG😍😍

Dike Cruz
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow,, I love you

Mohammad Kaoud
Community Member
3 years ago

More like before and after nose job...

Em Bowker
Community Member
4 years ago

he's gorgeous either way but looks younger without.

Lori Tilton
Community Member
4 years ago

If he would trim up the before pic so that his beard is neater then before.

Reinol Piedra
Community Member
4 years ago

Either way he will blow my mind up close!

EvieNiffler
Community Member
4 years ago

Doesn't help that the lighting is completely different for each pic.

Elise Williams
Community Member
4 years ago

Without the beard you c an focus on those gorgeous eyes.

Richard DeArmond
Community Member
4 years ago

Here, it is a definite improvement.

Outdoorwoman
Community Member
4 years ago

So Handsome!

Cindy Thayer
Community Member
4 years ago

So Handsome

Aida Nieves
Community Member
4 years ago

so much better w/o

Catherine Yang
Community Member
4 years ago

he owns clean beautiful eyes

Lo Perez
Community Member
4 years ago

This guy better be a model or artist.

Tracy Graber
Community Member
4 years ago

Why so sad? Pretty eyes.

Bert Kranenburg
Community Member
4 years ago

he's gorgeous without !!he has a perfect symmetric face.. doe something with it .. use it to your advance and have some professional pics taken !

carey song
Community Member
4 years ago

he is unexpectedly gorgeous

Hampton Lamoureux
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow, he's really handsome after shaving!

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely after

Dee Jeffrey
Community Member
4 years ago

Maybe if he combed his beard it wouldn't be so bad. But I like him without the santa beard.

Seong Jin
Community Member
4 years ago

hottt

Paulette Guillory-Gardner
Community Member
4 years ago

I like him both ways. He can't lose!

Echo
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not fair ,the photographer help a lot .

Gail Walsh
Community Member
4 years ago

omg - gorgeous

Ariane Nelson
Community Member
4 years ago

from homeless to handsome...

Ariane Nelson
Community Member
4 years ago

from homeless to handsome

Allana Rose
Community Member
4 years ago

This is a no brainer for me,,,he is so HOT in the right pic.

Janine Wilson
Community Member
4 years ago

Would love to know how or if people are treating him differently -

Tami Mitro
Community Member
4 years ago

AMAZING AND HOT

Chrissy Morrill-Howe
Community Member
4 years ago

YUMMMMM

Benicio del Pilitch
Community Member
4 years ago

i like both !

Shawna Kinman
Community Member
4 years ago

perhaps if the beard wasn't so scraggly looking and it appears he is slightly jaundiced :)

Melinda Barbour
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely keep your new look. It really brings out your beautiful eyes

Sally Vogel
Community Member
4 years ago

Forget the beard...great looking guy without it.

Community Member
4 years ago

Much better shaved!

Elizabeth Martinez
Community Member
4 years ago

Those eyes!!!!

Jodie Fraser
Community Member
4 years ago

hot damn... why hide that face behind a beard? <3

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
4 years ago

WOW WOW WOW NO BEARD PLEASE!

Felicia Dale
Community Member
4 years ago

Love both looks.

Cj Rolphe
Community Member
4 years ago

look at his lips...not the same person!!!

EvenSo
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely keep shaving!

Katie Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

He's rather handsome either way

Christine Butler
Community Member
4 years ago

I like the beard on you

lindsayaotter
Community Member
4 years ago

Both looks good; but, the beard is way hotter!

Leo Leden
Community Member
4 years ago

HOT AND HOT

Miriam Hirsch
Community Member
4 years ago

Reall, get rid of all of the beard. You are much more attractive without it.

ReeRee Yarbrough
Community Member
4 years ago

the eyes prove its the same person

Christine Della Rocco
Community Member
4 years ago

He's HOT either way!!

Shirley Bond
Community Member
4 years ago

Great eyes, handsome fella.

Mary Hurst
Community Member
4 years ago

With beard: scary. Without beard: handsom!

Pamela Lopour
Community Member
4 years ago

Loved the beard.

april peterson
Community Member
4 years ago

Love them eyes

endelbendel
Community Member
4 years ago

Too pretty.

Renee Gilbert
Community Member
4 years ago

Better without the beard. He has beautiful eyes. The beard distracts from that.

Celine Draaijer
Community Member
4 years ago

Looks good either way

Tammy McLeod
Community Member
4 years ago

A lot better without the beard

Roos
Community Member
4 years ago

I makes me think of Shia Labeouf!

Kim Lorton
Community Member
4 years ago

Mice are sad now.

Samantha Beckett
Community Member
4 years ago

I hate beards. I'm glad these super cute guys are shaving.

Karen Drucks
Community Member
4 years ago

clean face brings out those gorgeous eyes!

Barbara Baxendale
Community Member
4 years ago

Those eyes !!

Allison Woodfill
Community Member
4 years ago

Gorgeous

Františka Bla
Community Member
4 years ago

beard all the way, always

Molly Block
Community Member
4 years ago

From serial killer to GQ cover model!

Robin Ellison
Community Member
4 years ago

druggie turns into Dr McDreamy after a shave and a haircut

Blind Oracle
Community Member
4 years ago

And he filled his eyebrows in, and had softer lighting ... I don't know if he has makeup on in the second pic or just airbrushed the circles under his eyes.

Lucybaby
Community Member
4 years ago

He's much more attractive without all that facial hair! And that jaw line ohhh my!

Greg Hoggarth
Community Member
4 years ago

After a change in lighting, background and hairstyle.

Bridget Smith
Community Member
4 years ago

I think you have a stunning face without the beard. I'd love to see what you look like with a well-groomed beard. I think that would look really attractive yet still professional. The first picture is borderline homeless style, which is why I'm not a fan

Rhon
Community Member
4 years ago

The quality difference of the two photos makes it very hard to judge.

AsHaysha Salam
Community Member
4 years ago

Beard good ... looks like a teenage girl without it

Sandra Passchier
Community Member
4 years ago

😍

Lien van Kaam
Community Member
4 years ago

O wauw that's much better.

Ruth Meszaros
Community Member
4 years ago

Sooo much better, so handsome, without the beard.

Meike Henneman
Community Member
4 years ago

I say better with

lunanoir69
Community Member
4 years ago

The beard detracted from those stunning eyes!!!

Flora Polvado
Community Member
4 years ago

Captain America's baby brother?

DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

Were you lost in dessert? It's so much better now.

Erin Hill
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish I could be lost in dessert

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So Klesen
Community Member
4 years ago

Not a lot of strength in that jaw without the beard...

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#2

Kyle Amor Shaved His Head And Face To Raise Money

Kyle Amor Shaved His Head And Face To Raise Money

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Niềng Răng Lăng Xăng
Community Member
4 years ago

Nobody tells you to erase your shirt too man

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#3

After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard

After 3 Years Of The Beard Life My Buddy Matt Shaved His Beard

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Maria Lazaridou
Community Member
4 years ago

Who knew there was such a nice face buried under all that hair!

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#4

Beard Is Gone

Beard Is Gone

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Jose Ramon
Community Member
4 years ago

wow WAY better WITHOUT!

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#5

I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face

I Decided To Shave My Beard And In Doing So, I Unlocked Instant Baby Face

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R.k. White
Community Member
4 years ago

Handsome!

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#6

It Happened

It Happened

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Petra Rola Cole
Community Member
4 years ago

Definitely sexier with a short beard.

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#7

Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said

Shave My Beard The Wife Said. You Will Look Young Again She Said

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L and P
Community Member
4 years ago

uhm, yeah, somehow you really do - says a dude who has massive troubles with growing a decent beard...

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#8

This Transformation

This Transformation

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Valentina
Community Member
4 years ago

ink surprise! awesome both ways

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#9

I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness

I Shaved My 9 Month Old Beard For Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Hans
Community Member
4 years ago

From hipster to boy next door...

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#10

Shave In Half

Shave In Half

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

Now, if we could just get it to grow like that.....on top. :(

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#11

8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard

8 Months Sober, Down 17kg (38ibs) And Finally Shaved Off My Neck Beard

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R.k. White
Community Member
4 years ago

Good for you!

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#12

Complete Transformation

Complete Transformation

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Cat Clemmo
Community Member
4 years ago

better without

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#13

Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff

Mike Donated His Hair And Luckily Has A Pretty Good Mug Underneath All That Scruff

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
4 years ago

I really liked that long hair though!

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#14

Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard

Harley Morenstein Before And After Shaving His Beard

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Wombat34
Community Member
4 years ago

without for sure

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#15

Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money

Roy Asotasi Shaved His Beard To Raise Money

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Kwaku
Community Member
4 years ago

looks better without the beard!

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#16

Beard No More

Beard No More

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Nancy E
Community Member
4 years ago

Much better now !

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#17

Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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Aja Trier
Community Member
4 years ago

Better without.

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#18

Before And After Shave

Before And After Shave

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
4 years ago

Too handsome to make a difference:p

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#19

Little Difference

Little Difference

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Viktorija Gorcakovaite
Community Member
4 years ago

Noooo!!!!!!!! Don't keep the beard. Super good looking without!

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#20

Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked

Bye Bye To My First Beard, Lol Feel So Naked

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Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
4 years ago

The hairstyle was better before imho

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#21

Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve

Daughter's Reaction To Dad's Clean Shaved Face. She Does Not Approve

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Amanda
Community Member
4 years ago

Awwwww

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#22

Had To

Had To

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Lucia De Santiago
Community Member
4 years ago

Better without

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#23

Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It

Decided To Donate 10" Of My Hair To Locks Of Love. Shaved The Beard While I Was At It

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dbb dbb
Community Member
4 years ago

The beard, sure. ;-)

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#24

Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face

Shaving My Chance To Be In Star Wars VII Off My Face

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Amy Tarleton
Community Member
4 years ago

Seriously laughing so hard...

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#25

Transformation

Transformation

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

He looks great either way, because of his happy eyes and relaxed nature. I'm not a 'beard person' but his beard is almost perfect on him. Looks like a friendly college professor. He's a winner.

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#26

I Used To Get A Lot Of Attention - From Men

I Used To Get A Lot Of Attention - From Men

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Valentina
Community Member
4 years ago

Love the Salvador Dalí crazy look at the end!

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#27

Before & After Shaving

Before & After Shaving

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jo_shortland
Community Member
4 years ago

You look good both ways

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#28

Beard Shave

Beard Shave

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Johan Ruda
Community Member
4 years ago

The cuteness is real!

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#29

Hair-B-Gone

Hair-B-Gone

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Emre
Community Member
4 years ago

i recommend you long hair and short beard. You would look awesome bro

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#30

After Shave Mood

After Shave Mood

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Pui Suwa
Community Member
4 years ago

look lots younger

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#31

No More Beard

No More Beard

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Barbara Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

Handsome either way, but better without the beard. What a great jawline!

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#32

I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake

I’ve Made A Terrible Mistake

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María Emilia Martínez
Community Member
4 years ago

No, you didn't!

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#33

Half/Half

Half/Half

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DancingToMyself
Community Member
4 years ago

Depends if you like having blue or brown eyes. :p

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#34

Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret

Shaved My Beard, Feeling Incredibly Naked, Self Conscious And Full Of Regret

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Mary Popps
Community Member
4 years ago

Your beard was amazing !

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#35

Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That

Shouldn't Have Done That... I Should Not Have Done That

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John L
Community Member
4 years ago

A genuine happy face would solve all your problems, with or without the beard.

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#36

Beardless

Beardless

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Viktorija Gorcakovaite
Community Member
4 years ago

Both look cute.

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#37

Before And After Shaving Beard

Before And After Shaving Beard

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Viktė Džiaugytė
Community Member
4 years ago

Without beard - almost Nick Rosberg!

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#38

Before And After

Before And After

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sunnyrei82
Community Member
4 years ago

without, please!

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#39

A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"

A Friend Of Mine Shaved His Year-Long Beard And Recorded "The Process"

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Lara B.
Community Member
4 years ago

From Zach Galifianakis to Hulk Hogan to Hitler to babyface 🙈

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#40

Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad

Thought My C Pap Mask Would Fit Better If I Shaved But It Still.. Just As Bad

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jo_shortland
Community Member