How to Select and Apply Moustache Wax

Close portrait of a man with a beard and mustache. Brown jacket, white shirt, brown background.

So you’ve decided to cultivate a moustache. It is a look most befitting of an elegant gentleman, and is without a doubt incredibly attractive to the fairer sex. But how does one begin?

Today we are starting with the basics – how to select and apply moustache wax to keep your facial hair healthy and trained to a desirable shape.

Natural vs. petroleum-based

It’s worth noting that while both natural and petroleum-based moustache waxes work well, petroleum-based waxes do not penetrate the hair shaft – rather, these waxes coat your hair. Natural waxes, on the other hand, do penetrate your hair shaft, offering extra conditioning. Typically natural waxes have a beeswax base, like Dr. Dittmar Original Hungarian Moustache Wax.

For basic hold and taming stray hairs, a wax with light to medium hold will do. For a twizzler worthy of the World Beard and Moustache Championships, you’ll want strong or extra strong hold.

There are several ways to get the wax warm:

If you’re using a wax in a tin, warming up the wax will help with application. You can run the tin under hot water for a minute, or hit the tin with a blow dryer on a low setting for a couple of seconds. Be careful not to make the wax hot, which will render it runny and useless. You want to aim for a smooth consistency or else it won’t go on evenly.

If you carry your moustache wax around with you, simply leaving it in your pocket should warm it up enough for application.


Stern Moustache Comb

The application

1. Before application, make sure your hair and fingers are dry.

2. Slide your fingernail over the wax, scraping a small amount onto the top of your nail.

3. Work the wax back and forth between your thumb and forefinger, forming a ball.

4. Starting from the center, work the wax through one side of your moustache with your thumb and forefinger, finishing with the tip. To ensure the moustache wax distributes evenly through your beard and that no hair clumps occur, comb through with a moustache comb like the Stern Moustache Comb.

5. Repeat the process on the other side of your moustache. To keep the look natural, don’t twist the ends.

To create a fancy twizzler:

Add more moustache wax to your facial hair, styling it to the look of your choosing (the Dali, Tom Selleck, or pencil moustache are all wonderful). Twist the ends towards your face for a handlebar look. To seal the style, blast your moustache with cold air from your blowdryer.

Tip: Always start with less and only add more as necessary. Even the fanciest, largest ‘staches don’t require a lot of wax and are waxed in sections.

To train your moustache:

After adding more moustache wax to your facial hair, create a center part and comb hair in the direction you want it to grow. Done daily, this will train your whiskers to keep away from your mouth.

Regarding touch-ups:

Use as little wax as possible if you plan to do touch-ups throughout the day.

Enter the RoyalShave Movember Giveaway!


At RoyalShave, we’re committed to celebrating the pleasure of old pastimes passed down to us from our forefathers, and sharing that passion with our customers. We are just as committed to men living long, happy lives so they can likewise instill that wisdom in their sons and daughters. This is why Movember, which is dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health, has a special place in our hearts.

To celebrate Movember, we’re excited to announce our RoyalShave Movember Giveaway, taking place now through midnight PST on December 2nd, 2015!

In addition to the giveaway, we will be donating $5 for each individual participant to the Movember Foundation, up to $500 – so technically everyone wins.





Natural – Any natural moustache, beard, or facial hair

Styled – Any styled moustache, beard, or facial hair

Freestyle/Most Creative – No rules! Show us your best creative facial hair. This category is also open to kids, pets, and really anything you can put (faux) facial hair on!

Misstache – Ladies, we discriminate not. Show us your best facial fur, and feel free to get creative. Photobooth moustache-on-a-sticks welcome!


There is a fabulous prize for each category! Each prize package includes wet shaving favorites, beard supplies, and even a pomade so you can give Don Draper a run for his money.

Each prize package is worth over $200! The products in each prize package differ slightly*, but here’s a sample:

  • Dittmar Stainless Steel Shaving Soap Bowl with Lid
  • The Art of Shaving After-Shave Lotion
  • Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl
  • Game Day Pre-Shave Invigorating Scrub
  • Morgan’s 3-in-1 Shampoo/Wash/Shave
  • Two Abraham’s Beard Tamers
  • Abraham’s Handled Wooden Comb
  • Rex Wax Beard Oil in the newest scent, Maverick Melange
  • Beard Buddy Beard Wash
  • Shear Revival Pomade in The One Who Knocks or Music or Misery
  • Tons of samples from Truefitt and Hill, Speick, and more!



  1. Like us on Facebook.
  2. Share a photo of your best facial hair on our Facebook timeline. Include the category you’d like to be considered for and a caption that describes your look.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Facebook >


  1. Follow us on Instagram.
  2. Post a photo of your best facial hair and tag us with both @RoyalShave and #RoyalShaveGiveaway. Include the category you’d like to be considered for and a caption that describes your look.

Enter Now on RoyalShave’s Instagram >


No purchase necessary. You may enter as many times are you’d like in as many categories as you’d like on both Facebook and Instagram.

Last day to enter is midnight PST on December 2nd, 2015. The RoyalShave staff will select winners and announce the winner in each category on December 4th, 2015 via Facebook and Instagram. Winners will also be featured in our weekly email on December 9th, 2015. Limited to residents of the United States of America.

*Prizes may vary slightly from photo. RoyalShave will donate $5 for each individual participant, up to $500.


Infographic: Moustache 101 and Moustache Styles

According to a Workplace Mustache Study by the American Mustache Institute (AMI), moustache acceptance in workplaces is higher than ever. And with whiskers being a centerpiece of the hipster movement, moustache styles in every permutation have flourished. If you proudly wear a moustache, we recommend checking out the infographic below, which gives you an informative review of the art of owning a moustache.

From selecting a quality local moustache wax maker to famous celebrity moustaches (Tom Selleck’s Magnum P.I. chevron is a natural choice for this list), this Moustache-o-Graph infographic covers how to own the ‘stache, and own it well.

While we’re on the subject of moustaches, do you prefer to be moustached, bearded, or clean shaven? And would you consider growing a beard or a moustache if you’re currently clean shaven? We’d love to know in the comments below – or let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Instagram.

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