So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

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Like my new glasses? Yes, I know, I’m a few seasons late to the gigantic hipstery eyeglasses trend—but I don’t care. I feel the same way about them as I did skinny jeans: it may have taken me a while to embrace the new silhouette, but once I did, there was simply no going back. (Even if they’re telling us to wear wide legs for fall.)

And if I may make another skinny jeans comparison? You know how many so-called fashun experts preach that curvy girls should avoid the skinnies in favour of boot-leg jeans (which I SWEAR are way less flattering)? Well, it’s the same thing in eyewear. Every time I’ve gone to get new glasses, the optician steers me toward the boring 1990s frames (which “suit my face”) and away from the statement glasses that I really wanted.

Well, not this time. THANK YOU MONIKA SCHNARRE, Canada’s first supermodel. You see, she’s all grown up now (age 40—how did that happen?) and just came out with her very own eyewear collection in partnership with Optiq Frames. Each pair runs about $200 and I was invited to select one—happy, happy day!—so of course I went for these. Then I got to interview Monika herself and she confirmed that there are no more rules about choosing your frames (a theme that you know I love, whether in eyewear or in makeup). Here’s our Q&A on glasses trends, beauty tips and more…

Monika Schnarre Modernista So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

(Ooh… mind that nipple!)

BEAUTY EDITOR: What led you to launch your own eyewear collection?

Monika Schnarre: After launching my line of clothing on The Shopping Channel two years ago, I wanted to branch out into accessories. The opportunity for eyewear presented itself and I jumped at it. I’ve always loved and worn eyewear and felt that it was very timely. Eyewear is no longer limited to functionality—people are wearing it now more than ever as a fashion accessory. It was a perfect fit.

BEAUTY EDITOR: What are the big trends happening right now in eyewear and sunglasses?

Monika Schnarre: The retro look is very current, supported by shows like Mad Men. The geek chic frame in either tortoise or black has become very popular. From trendsetting street-stylers to a woman doing her daily errands, this trend works for everyone.

Roger Sterling glasses So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

[In sunglasses,] aviators have made a huge comeback, as well as the oversized frames that are bigger than the ones Jackie O wore, if you can believe it!

Gucci fall 2011 sunglasses So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

BEAUTY EDITOR: Which are your favourite pieces from your collection that you wear yourself?

Monika Schnarre: I’m in love with my new aviators that have my signature pink and brown colours on the temples. [NOTE: Monika's sunglasses collection is launching this fall!] I also love the oversized tortoise frames because I have a big head! [These are the ones I'm wearing too, but I have them in brown...]

Monika Schnarre oversized frames So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

BEAUTY EDITOR: How do you determine which frames suit you? Are there any rules you should follow?

Monika Schnarre: The rules have really gone out the window. Women with smaller faces and finer features are rocking huge frames, small frames and everything in between. It’s really up to you. If you’re not too daring… I would buy one conservative pair of frames for the office/work and other frames that are more fashion-forward for an evening on the town. Try a splash of colour.

Monika Schnarre eyewear red So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

BEAUTY EDITOR: How would you describe your look?

Monika Schnarre Corporate Chic So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

Monika Schnarre: My look is very understated…  I stick to classic lines and wear lots of black; however, I’m currently living on an island in Muskoka so it’s all about flip flops, bikini tops as bras and summer dresses!

BEAUTY EDITOR: What’s the best beauty tip you learned from modelling?

Monika Schnarre: I have about a hundred makeup tips that I’ve gleaned from the most amazing makeup artists, but one that I particularly love is taking off all of my makeup with eye makeup remover. It’s one step and gentle on the face. Also, Clarins has a one step makeup remover that I love.

Clarins One Step Facial Cleanser So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

If your beauty regimen is easy, you’re more likely to be consistent. It’s all about simplicity and making life less complicated.

BEAUTY EDITOR: How do you take care of your skin and hair?

Monika Schnarre: I’ve been using moisturizer ever since I was 13 morning and night. I also exfoliate every third day or so with an exfoliant from my esthetician. You don’t have to spend a lot of money either—if I’m out of my regular moisturizer I’ll just use Nivea and my skin loves it.

Nivea Regenerating Night Cream So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

When I’m not working, I only wash my hair once a week and let it drip dry. It shocks me how many women wash their hair every day. It’s too hard on the hair and just not necessary. In Europe, once a week is standard.

BEAUTY EDITOR: If you were stranded on a desert island with only three beauty products, which ones would you take?

Monika Schnarre: Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50, tweezers and a razor.

kiehls super fluid uv defense spf 50 So I finally got a pair of oversized glasses—and then the woman who made them (Monika Schnarre!) gave me her best beauty tips

BEAUTY EDITOR: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Monika Schnarre: I’m really inspired by what people are wearing on the street. The oversized frames in my collection were inspired by seeing Japanese schoolgirls wearing these large black frames. I also scour the internet for inspiration; namely, celebrity trends.

BEAUTY EDITOR: What’s next for you?

Monika Schnarre: Right now, I’m working on a line of cosmetic bags and silver jewellery that I hope to have in stores across Canada very soon. It’s hard to find the perfect makeup bag!

Love it, Monika! You can check out the eyeglasses collection here, and like I said, sunglasses are up next this fall.

Tell me:

Did you know Monika was a modelpreneur?
Do you agree that there are no more rules when it comes to choosing your frames?
Do you like the idea of “statement glasses”—even if you’ve got 20/20 vision?

14 Comments

Jane
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 8:21 am

Go Monika! Brains and beauty! And LOVE the glasses! So cute. I got a pair of very similar readers from Joe Fresh and feel pretty hip myself when I wear them! My daughter discovered Warby Parker for funky chunky frames but then again the kids are always one step ahead….it’s hard to keep up ;)

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Thomas
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 8:23 am

OMG, its so weird that this is happening now in Canada too. In the UK, when Avatar came out they started making these new 3D glasses to go with the new, better 3D, and everyone started to pop out the lenses and wear them as just frames. Just in case you don’t know the type I’m on about, here’s a pic – http://www.total3d.co.uk/files/RealD.jpg – as you can see, they are the oversized frames for a one-size-fits-all purpose. Ever since then these frames have been hugely popular in England especially, with loads of young people now having actual optician glasses in this shape. I don’t think this style is going anywhere for the time being!

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas

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Lish
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 8:45 am

Great bit. I’ve been on the “hipster” glasses trend for awhile now and I have to agree with Monika; its time to toss rules out the window. What flatters your face best is whatever makes you smile :) Ooh…and I might need to pick up a pair of those aviators for my fall 70′s revival look.

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marta
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 9:38 am

You look very cute with your new glasses, but I think this is a great example of boy hot/girl hot… I find it cool, but I am guessing guys will not like it.

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Thechicstorm
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 10:43 am

Lookin good, friend! I too thought the Woody Allen circa Manhattan frames I’ve been rocking the last couple of years were totally man retardant, but every time I’m with a guy and I put them on they inevitably compliment me. Either I’m dating super hip guys (doubtful!), or we aren’t giving men enough street style credit. I’m (perhaps hopefully) leaning toward the latter ;)

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Optiq
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 1:35 pm

That is great! Love the eyeglasses by the way. Big and bold is the way to go. Those are a favourite, along with her Vogue magazine ad wearing model #4511. It’s great to have a supermodel give great fashion tips and create an eyewear line, as well as other accessories, to complete our looks from head to toe. Check out some of her other frames on our Facebook page and website.

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Sophia
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 2:23 pm

THANK YOU for your point on bootleg – it’s just like how curvy-legged women are always told to wear bermuda shorts. WTF.

Also, Roger Sterling… love.

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katie
Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 7:59 pm

you look super adorable oh my gosh. If I had a pair of glasses like that I’d probably wear them way more often instead wearing mine only if I absolutely have to. I have a pair of the nineties style frames thin arms and ovalish lenses that I swear are the same type as what I had when I was four.

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QuiteLight
Thursday, September 1/2011 at 12:34 pm

Very cute! I LOVE my little cats-eye frames, and they make me happy whenever I put them on. I think I’m going more dramatic, bigger cats-eye next time!

But I disagree completely on the skinnies/boot leg. I am an hourglass, and when I wear bootlegs, I look lean & balanced. Skinnies? My guy drooled (“YAY! Tight!”), but I looked like a pod of some sort. Very bottom heavy, which, while fine, & I have seen some girls just rock, is not my preferred aesthetic.

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Lisi
Thursday, September 1/2011 at 5:43 pm

I live in Europa and washing your hair only once a week is definetly not standard here?

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Ana P
Thursday, September 1/2011 at 6:35 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE the glasses on you! Gosh, how gorg. are you? Yes, I love no rules, especially when breaking them works out so well!

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Barbara Rottenberg
Friday, September 2/2011 at 2:00 pm

Large glasses look great – if you don’t need prescription lenses. The bigger the frames, the thicker the lenses and the greater the distortion to your appearance, especially with a strong prescription. Take a look at how Michelle’s glasses create a slight discontinuity in her cheek. There is no distortion in Monika Schnarre’s picture. That’s because she’s not wearing prescription lenses.

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Nomadic D
Monday, September 5/2011 at 1:25 am

Congrats on your new frames! They are super cute on you! I got my oversized frames this past winter and I love them so much, I actually feel cooler wearing glasses than wearing contacts, and that’s never happened to me before. Throw on a bright red lip and I feel unstoppable! Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine,

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katherine
Wednesday, September 7/2011 at 3:43 pm

These look SO hot on you.

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