Lachey usually likes things smooth, but now the solo singer is all about change with a new rugged look (right), a new sound and a new love – Vanessa Minnillo, who was spotted in New York City recently giving Lachey’s chin scruff a playful tickle.
The Sexiest Man Alive has two-way appeal: smooth as silk and rough and tumble (right, earlier this year). “I like a little bit of texture on my face,” McConaughey has said. And according to TLC’s What Not to Wear hairstylist Nick Arrojo, “It’s the one thing a guy can do in the summertime to say, ‘I’m off and I can get casual.’ “
Aspiring rapper Kevin Federline is at home in baggy pants, a sideways baseball cap and lots of scruff (right, in June). But Mr. Britney Spears also showed that he can be a smooth operator, suiting up and going clean-shaven as the recent cover model for Item magazine.
Metcalfe once went shirtless and hairless to play Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria’s lawn boy. Now starring in John Tucker Must Die, the boyish actor (right, in June) is sporting a leading man look – stubble, which Arrojo says “can make a guy look older, a little bit more masculine.”
Vaughn cleaned up for the Los Angeles premiere of the The Break-Up (left), but more often than not, the low-key bachelor (right, in June) wears a week’s worth of shadow. Luckily, girlfriend Jennifer Aniston is fond of it: She once said of ex Brad Pitt’s scruff, “I do like the beard. It’s soft.”
Smallville’s most famous resident is usually clean-shaven (left, in 2004) to play an all-American superhero. But when the show’s on hiatus, the former Abercrombie amp Fitch model is a “T-shirt and jeans” kind of guy, who almost goes unrecognized with a full face of whiskers (in May).
Gyllenhaal has taken to the rugged Brokeback Mountain look in real life. The onetime baby-faced actor is now sporting a full beard (right, in June) – just like his Malibu biking buddy Matthew McConaughey.
Some Lost castaways needed help from a makeup artist to grow island stubble, but not Fox. (“I’m not so baby-faced. I feel like more of a man,” he says.) Recently the show’s good doctor has gotten used to a razor’s edge – to play a clean-shaven Secret Service agent in Vantage Point (right, in July).
The erstwhile heartthrob makes a point to avoid “blond bimbo roles.” And he’s gone out of his way not to look the part, always sporting a bit of hair on his youthful face. But lately, the Aussie actor’s chin has sprouted into a full-blown grizzly beard (right, in July).
Liev Schreiber made like a debonair man of mystery with a groomed mustache for his Broadway turn in Glengarry Glen Ross. Months later the actor (in September) went scruff-free in Italy, and more recently grew a full beard (in April) for his stage appearance as Macbeth – a look he’s kept going after the curtain call.
Different roles, different looks: Most memorably, Pitt grew a long beard in 2002 for one movie, went outlaw rough while filming the upcoming The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and, most recently, grew a trim blond goatee (right, in July) for another in India.