We love movie makeovers—particularly when they involve the character ditching their glasses and stepping out in total confidence. After all, is there a better film plot than a lovable, helpless nerd in need of some beauty guidance (usually to land a hot date), who, in the span of about 90 minutes, morphs from total geek to chic? They almost always land the babe in question, only to find out they’re a total jock jerk, and the hottie for them was their lab partner all along. Ah, young love. Keep reading for some of the best movie glasses makeovers out there.
The Princess Diaries
Anne Hathaway, pictured above, plays Mia, a school nerd with only two pals and a huge crush on the oh-so popular Josh. Of course, Josh is not only taken, but taken by cool-girl cheerleader Lana, who loves taunting four-eyed Mia. Now, Mia is stuck in a shapeless, boring school uniform, with big, frizzy hair and unfortunate glasses. Through an interesting twist of fate, Mia finds out that she’s actually a secret princess and heir to a small kingdom in Europe—how chic! One of the first things that happens next is a total makeover, complete with new clothes, sleek hair and, of course, contacts. Naturally, things don’t pan out with Josh, but we love that the makeover stuck. Anne has large, brown eyes, which you can mimic with some Air Optix Colors, and they’re much more expressive without the frames hunking down in front of them.
She’s All That
Another high school drama with a cult following, this movie was a must-see for all tweens & teens in the late ‘90s. Zack is the popular cool guy on campus with an equally popular and beautiful girlfriend, Taylor. Life is good, until Taylor dumps him, causing public humiliation and a point to prove. What’s the point exactly? Zack thinks he can makeover any girl into a popular, prom-queen worthy date. A bet is made with his friends and the plan unfolds. His target? Art girl Laney, who has no problem throwing around a little attitude now and then. As she begins to transform, naturally, Zack falls for her. She falls back, too, until she learns of his secret plan all along. The thing with this movie is that Rachael Leigh Cook, who plays Laney, pictured above, was a hot nerd anyway—even with the glasses. We dig her artistic vibes and spunky attitude. But once she sheds the frames, she looks much older, and definitely more babely.
Can’t Buy Me Love
Now, makeovers aren’t always for the ladies. In the 1980’s hit “Can’t Buy Me Love,” Patrick Dempsey (future “McDreamy”), plays Ronald. He’s a hardworking geek with big plans of buying the latest and greatest telescope. He saves up all summer long by mowing lawns. But just as he’s about to make the big purchase, he catches damsel in distress Cindy, who also happens to be mega-popular and a total “It” girl at school, in a tight spot. Having ruined her mother’s cream, suede outfit—which she was forbidden to wear in the first place – she tries to replace it but can’t due to the $1,000 price tag. Cue Ronald, who rushes to the save the day by making a trade—he’ll buy the new outfit if she pretends to be his girlfriend for a few weeks. The main goal is to get into the popular crowd and ditch his loser-blues for good. From there, there’s a lot of ups and downs as the two navigate growing crushes, tastes of popularity and the cruelness that often plays into it. Of course, the cooler Ronald becomes, the hipper his look grows, too. He quickly sheds his nerdy T-shirts and glasses for spruced up hair and contacts.