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March Moustache Madness

7 March, 2010 (20:57) | Work

The American Mustache Institute has a more broad list of moustaches (and yes the o is appropriate spelling traditionally) including repeats of the English, Dali, Imperial and Fu Manchu:

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

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

A thick mustache, shaved to be about an inch wide in the center. Sometimes called the Dictator.

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 right).

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.

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. Not to be confused with the horseshoe (see left).

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

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.

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

There are also two very broad categories of moustache as named by the American Mustache Institute:

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

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 above.

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