Saturday, January 28, 2017

Masquerade mask hack for people who wear glasses (with pictures)

Ok, I love a masked ball. I love masks. However, I wear glasses.....The world is a total blur when I don't have my glasses on.

I tried a mask designed for glasses a couple years ago. It was ok. Not super comfortable and it kept pulling at my glasses all night. The mask itself is very pretty, just not as practical as I wanted. So for the last week or so I have been racking my brain for a way to wear a mask and glasses at the same time. And be comfortable while doing it.

What I bought:
Let's go to Party City! Who wouldn't want to go to a store with the name "party" in it! Kinda like BevMo! Beverages! And more! Oh hell yes! (yes, in the town I live these 2 stores share a parking lot)
At Party City I bought a couple cheap (98 cents ea) soft masks. They are semi stiff fabric/buckram with a satin layer on the front.

What I did:
First thing I cut off the elastic cord. Then after contemplating my life's choices for awhile I spent a few minutes looking over the mask and trying to figure out how to wear it over my glasses. It dawned on me I could use VELCRO! No, not by glueing it to my glasses, that would be lame. I cut 3 small strips of velcro and hot glued the loop (soft) side to the mask. One in the middle and one on each side. You will need to lay your glasses lenses side down on the wrong side of the mask and mark where the velcro needs to be. Mark on the mask and then glue the loop velcro strips in the proper spots. Then I used the hook side (ouch side) and wrapped it over the bridge and temples of my glasses and stuck it to the velcro on the mask. Holy crap! It worked! I have Silhouette glasses. They are very light and thin. I don't know how well this will work on all glasses. It would only cost you a couple bucks to find out.

I wore my mask for several hours and has no issues at all. No matter if you wear glasses or not a mask will block some of your peripheral vision. Yes, it still looks a bit geeky but that's fine. I had several people ask me how I attached my mask to my glasses so I decided to put this out there for others. I hope this gives my other glasses wearing brethren some hope.

Cheap flexible fabric/buckram mask. Soft, so it doesn't damage your glasses.
Hot glue
A pen or chalk to mark where the velcro goes
If you want to decorate your mask:
feathers, jewels, glitter, lace, trim.

The sample mask is a different color than the one I am wearing here. I made two, one pink and one gold.

 Same mask, different event. I aded more sparkle and glued satin leaves to the outer corners.

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