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Academy Awards

Will you be attending the Academy Awards on Sunday?  Whether you’re the host, like this year’s James Franco or Anne Hathaway, an underdog nominee, like Winter’s Bone producers Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, a guest or even a seat-filler, you will want to take some extra steps to make sure your eyewear is picture perfect.

If you are wearing glasses to the event,

  • Make sure your lenses aren’t scratched.  If they are, get your lenses replaced (there may still be time!) Make sure to have anti-reflective coated lenses so that your eyes come across clear and bright.
  • Make sure the frames and lenses are clean.  Have the glasses ultrasonically cleaned by a professional in advance.  At the very least bring a micro-fiber cleaning cloth with you and if possible a small bottle of cleaner especially formulated for anti-reflective coatings, as well. Anti-reflective lenses can easily smudge and you can’t have that!
  • Make sure the frames are adjusted properly.  You want to be comfortable, and you want to make sure your glasses are properly fitted and not crooked.  It’s normal for eyewear to come out of adjustment over time, so come in close to the event to make sure everything is perfect.  A full adjustment will include making sure any screws are properly tightened.
  • Bring a spare.  Slip a second pair into your inner coat pocket or clutch.  Wardrobe malfunctions can happen to the best.  The backup pair can be exactly the same or something different for an instant costume change.

When selecting eyewear for the Academy Awards, make sure to coordinate your glasses with the rest of your outfit. Glasses are jewelry to the face.  Don’t let them be an afterthought.  Sunglasses are ok on the red carpet, but make sure the lenses aren’t too dark.  You want the power of your eyes to come through.