How Can I Wear a Masquerade Mask & My Glasses at the Same Time?

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A little foam can help you hide your masquerade identity even if you have to wear glasses with your mask.
A little foam can help you hide your masquerade identity even if you have to wear glasses with your mask. (Image: Thomas Jackson/Lifesize/Getty Images)

As Andrew Lloyd Webber states in "Phantom of the Opera," a masquerade is a place where "you can fool any friend who ever knew you!" However, fooling your friends is much harder if you have to hold your mask up with your hands to avoid breaking your glasses. With the strategic application of a few pieces of foam, even a bespectacled Phantom can attend a masquerade gala wearing a mask worthy of the Broadway production.

Things You'll Need

  • 8-inch long strip of 1-inch thick foam
  • Scissors
  • Rubber cement or strong glue

Cut the foam into four strips of equal length.

Place your mask down on a soft surface and put your glasses face-down on the eye holes.

Arrange the four pieces of foam on the back of the mask around the edges of the glasses on the temples and cheekbones. Place your face in the mask and re-arrange the pieces of foam until they provide a comfortable cushion between your face and the glasses.

Place rubber cement on the back of each foam piece and place each one glue-side down back where it was comfortable. Wait about 10 minutes for the rubber cement to dry.

Try mask on with your glasses to ensure that it fits. Then prepare for an evening of masks and mystery.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure your mask still ties or attaches the way it is supposed to with the foam extensions in place. If it does not, you may need to add a ribbon extension or find another way of securing it.
  • Try walking with the mask on before you go out so you get used to the modified vision.

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