When you have been invited to attend a masquerade party, you have to decide on the mask you will wear. There are a few basic types of masquerade ball masks, but they all share similar features. The main commonality is that they aren’t scary like Halloween masks are usually designed to be. They usually provide an essence of classiness but have a selection of exciting decorations attached.
The normal type of masquerade mask does not really have a specific name. It is designed to cover the top half of the wearer’s face, but with eye holes to allow the person to see clearly. Masquerade masks are designed to disguise the identity of someone. You would think that a mask that only covers such a small section of the face wouldn’t do a very good job, but it can be surprisingly difficult to identify someone if they aren’t one of your closest friends.
If you think you need something that will disguise you a little more directly, you should look into Venetian masks. These masks are designed to cover the entire face. Usually they have to made out of a heavier material to be so large and fit well on someone’s face. This means that it may be difficult to keep them on with only a small string. They may have to be attached to a wooden rod that the wearer holds. Although usually only women’s masks are attached to sticks, it is not inappropriate for a man’s mask to have the same format.
Then there are masks that don’t conform to a common shape. If you think of the masquerade ball masks used in the Phantom of the Opera, you will have a good understanding of several of these. They are cut diagonally to be a blend of the two types of masks described above. As long as your mask follows the general rules of the party, then you can’t really go wrong.