Facial hair has the tendency to be a bit like marmite (and I don't just mean full of toast crumbs), you either love it or hate it. Regardless of your personal preference you can't deny that it does lend a certain masculinity that nothing else can because only men (not boys and only special ladies) can grow a proper beard.
Now I'll stop before I get all prehistoric on you and present: The Bad.
Clive Owen, The big mo. Makes you look like a creepy old school teacher. I think this is the worst facial hair I've seen in a long time. It shocked me to the core.
Brad Pitt, playing the 'look how big my beard is game' results in him looking like he hasn't seen a shower in years and completely dissolves any of that handsome jawline we know and love.
Matthew Fox, aka that guy from Lost. Soul patches are so lame. So, so lame.
And in the interests of a fair analysis: The Good.
Zach Galifianakis, ok he's not your typical heartthrob but he's cool and he wouldn't be half as cool without his fuzz. It's just the right balance of wild and tamed.
Justin Timberlake, he's a bit of baby face but his light covering lends him a certain something.
George Clooney, he's previously done terrible, terrible things with his beard but this gorgeous silver specked creation is perfection, like he spent the weekend at your house and forgot his razor.
So, beards or no beards? Who's your favourite furry fellow? (I just wanted to say that!)
Oh and if you're reading this and you have a beard, you have to check out this blog http://beardcoach.com/. It's brilliant.