As Joni Mitchell knows, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone?” In this case, “it” being a hot guy’s beard. Here, we give you 40 famous faces, with and without scruff. Our takeaway: Get you a man who can do both.
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When you wrap Fifty Shades and free the beard.
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His beard-free face breaks social media. Was smooth skin for SNL worth it? Who’s to say.
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Zefron’s beardage looks like eyeliner (just saying).
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We’re trying to pick a favorite look, and we can’t. Idris can do no wrong.
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Meh. We’d take it or leave it (the beard, not Ryan. Ryan we always take).
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Beard FTW. In this case, we have a strong preference.
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This one’s a tie, but the long hair has got to go. There, we said it.
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Christian on the left gives Kendall-Jenner-at-Cannes vibes and Christian on the right reads Brody Jenner’s anonymous older brother. Both looks leave us unsettled.
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We can’t for the life of us figure out why Jamie would want to cover up his perfect face with a beard.
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David looks like two completely different people with and without a beard.
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When he gives the razor a rest, he goes from maître d’ to sexy mountain man, right?
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Would you rather: bottle service Leo or beach Leo?
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When you’re genetically blessed with a salt ‘n pepper beard, you must share your gifts with the world.
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Henry on the right can get it. Henry on the left is a little too perfect.
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Sunglasses and Advil, shaved Yeezus was mad real.
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Beard-free Jared Leto or Saint Laurent model? You be the judge. We say hide your razors.
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Jason Momoa meet Aquaman, Aquaman meet Jason Momoa.
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Neither of these looks hold a candle to Ron Swanson’s mustache. Don’t @ me.
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No one’s face is transformed more by a beard than Jake’s. Just look at that jawline on the left.
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It looks like Jim Halpert from The Office finally hit puberty.
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Jeff Bridges has fully embraced the silver fox life—and we don’t hate it.
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Long live the King of the North. No question, team beard on this one.
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David Letterman filming his final show for Late Night. David Letterman fully in retirement mode. Go ahead, try to pick a favorite.
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Beard or no beard, Will Smith’s megawatt smile goes unchanged.
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David Harbour without any sort of facial hair is truly unsettling.
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