Jennifer Garner wonders ‘what it does to an adolescent brain’ to see her made up

Jennifer Garner looks on top of the world on Valentine's Day
Jennifer Garner has a new interview With People magazine to promote her Neutrogena partnership. It’s one of those standard beauty interviews, but she is so not into makeup and getting her hair done. She often goes out in her day-to-day life without makeup and with wet hair looking like she’s busy and can’t be bothered. That’s completely her prerogative and I get the impression that she would never wear makeup if she didn’t have to do it for her job. In her People magazine she says that her kids must find it confusing to see her everyday without makeup and then to see her made up with her hair done. It sounds like she doesn’t feel like herself when she wears makeup and has her hair hone.

“I think it’s probably extra complicated when you literally were nursed in the makeup chair as an infant, and have grown up sitting in your mom’s lap while she got her makeup done your whole life,” the actress and Neutrogena brand ambassador tells PEOPLE.

“My kids know two versions of me: They know the version that I see in the mirror right now that looks crazy, and it’s what they see 90 percent of the time,” Garner reveals of son Samuel Garner, 7, plus daughters Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, 10, and Violet Anne, 13.

“Other times, they see a version of me that I never saw with my mom or anything, where I’m done up, my hair’s done, my makeup is done, so I wonder what that puts in [Violet’s] mind,” she shares. “Not to put words in her mouth, but I do wonder what it does to an adolescent brain.”

Garner hopes that her three children “see that I’m the happiest and most comfortable when I just look like myself,”

“I think whatever version of growing up they need to do around that, if they can come back to this in the end, we’re good to go,” Garner explains of the example she strives to set.

Garner’s kids are growing up fast — which, for Violet, means she’s starting to “explore and play with makeup” more…

However, “She’s really smart about, ‘Okay, now I’m leaving the house, now I need to check with my mom because chances are she’s gonna make me take this lip off,’ ” says Garner. “Which, I do.”

“That’s kind of where we are with it,” adds the Alias alum of her oldest child. “It’s a process. Growing up is a process.”

[From People]

She’s not telling anyone else that they shouldn’t wear makeup or that they’re not themselves without makeup, but as a regular makeup-wearer this is foreign to me. I wear makeup every day and I love it. At first I thought she was saying that her kids can get confused to see her with makeup. I realized she means her daughter is at an age where she’s being influenced by the media and that she doesn’t want to set that example, that you’re not enough without makeup. Again, as someone who likes to wear makeup you can teach your children that it’s a personal choice. She’s so vague about it that it’s hard to know what she’s saying though. At least she’s a spokesperson for Neutrogena and not Maybelline or Revlon. I have to get a little snarky for a minute. Kids notice Botox and fillers too.

Jennifer Garner at the Art Of Elysium's 12th Annual Heaven Celebration held at the Private Venue in Los Angeles, USA on January 5, 2019.

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Jennifer Garner is in a happy mood while out grabbing coffee!

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  1. Naddie says:

    “Kids notice botox and fillers too ” LOL . I was about to applaud her, but …

    • Lena says:

      Kids noticing that? I really don’t think they do. Only obsessives about who’s had it who hasn’t notice. I have to admit I’m not one of those but it’s on here I’ve found a few and I’ve kearned a lot from you all!

    • Slinkie says:

      I’ve had botox for migraines five times. I think it makes me look better (as well as feel better), but my kids don’t notice at all. They do notice when my gut or chin gets fatter. Little monsters. (I love ‘em.)

  2. runcmc says:

    I think she’s making an excellent and clear point without pointing fingers. She tries to model by personal example that looking like yourself is “enough”. And then she muses about what it’s like to grow up with a mother who is obsessed with her appearance and changing it via makeup. I mean, we don’t have to wonder. The evidence is right there in Kim Zolziack and her daughters, with their over inflated lips and 20 tons of makeup that make them look identical to their mom. Sadly, I predict the same future for North and Chicago West, who are being raised looking up to Kim, her sisters, and her mom, none of whom spend more than like the time it takes to get out of the shower and into a makeup chair without makeup on a daily basis. It’s every woman’s choice to wear as much or little makeup as they want, but there is a very real impact these women are making on their young daughters and that shouldn’t be ignored.

    • Esmom says:

      Great take, and Kim Z is the perfect example of what I think Garner is trying to avoid. Especially being in looks-obsessed Hollywood. If I were a mom of daughters I’d be really concerned.

      I stumbled across a makeup video on FB yesterday (sometimes I watch just for something mindless, it’s kinda fascinating to see the process) and the most lovely young woman, who looked so, so pretty without makeup, was made up to the point where she looked like she was wearing a heavy mask. I don’t get it at all. My son’s girlfriend always looked prettier to me without makeup than with it. Maybe it’s just my personal taste.

      I rarely wore makeup when I was younger, when my kids were little, and they always noticed and got distressed when I’d put on makeup to go out. (I remember my younger son saying “Oh, you’re going out tonight, I see you are wearing your eye gloss.” Lol.) Now they’d probably admit I look a little better, less haggard, when I wear it.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree with your take, runcmc. I imagine when you have daughters that are pre-teens/teens, that you’re concerned about their ideas of womanhood in the instagram age.

  3. detritus says:

    I do think makeup contributes to unrealistic beauty norms and expectations for women. It’s why what most men think no makeup is actually just ‘natural’ makeup. It’s why a lot of women can’t feel beautiful without makeup. I mean, if you feel stressed leaving the house without it, it’s no longer really a choice.

    Now please excuse me while I go put on my base, powder, blush, mascara and do my brows.

    • Naddie says:

      This! !! I’ve always been a natural look lover, but now, even though I use only lipstick and occasionally maskara, I find myself hating my face without lipstick, because it looks “sickly “.

      • A says:

        I am on the phase which I find removing make up too much work for the 2nd time in the last 5 years. I no longer wear it everyday and it feels nice to have the choice.

    • Eleonor says:

      Makup it’s such a personal thing.
      I am 37 going 38, and I don’t wear makeup. I’ve never had, not because I feel beautiful, or because I want to send a message about self-acceptance… it would beautiful, you know give the prep speech about how I feel powerful etc.etc., the sad truth is: I AM LAZY AF. I have never convinced my lazy self to learn how to apply it. My mother, on the other hand, is a pro. I remember when she spent a month in the hospital, one day I went to visit her, and the nurse told me: “Your mother is getting better, today she has done her makeup”, because that was herself.
      Now I mostly wear it for work: when I want to intimidate people around me, or when I am under a lot of pressure, it gives me confidence.

    • Pinetree13 says:

      This. Makeup is not just a choice. It is a choice that has measureable consequences. When I don’t wear makeup I am constantly asked if I am sick and that I look pale. I am treated completely differently when I am made up. I wear makeup most days because people are nicer and I’m listened to more in meetings at work. I actually really dislike when women say makeup is just for fun. It absolutely isn’t and going makeup free will absolutely impact your career in subtle ways. I do think more women need to honestly examine why they wear make up and be real to themselves.

      If make up was just about being creative and having fun then we would be wearing eyeshadow without foundation, concealer and powder all of which are invisible if done correctly so that right there shows it is not about creative expression. It can be fun sometimes and a new look can be fun, but let’s be real. This is another shackle on women. Heck there are still airlines that require woman to wear certain lipstick shades.

      Yes Makeup is a confidence booster….but why is that? It’s because our made up faces are deemed better than our natural ones! No one treats men poorly for having visible under eye circles or patchy eye brows or pale lips. Men don’t have to spend 20 minutes of time that could be spent sleeping on carefully fixing their face to get listened to at work. To improve dating prospects. Heck to be treated better from other women even.

      Think of all that time, all that money. Makeup may be a choice but it’s a choice like “wearing pants instead of pyjamas out and about” is a choice. Yeah you can do it but society will absolutely not treat you the same way.

      • detritus says:

        “When I don’t wear makeup I am constantly asked if I am sick and that I look pale. I am treated completely differently when I am made up. I wear makeup most days because people are nicer and I’m listened to more in meetings at work. I actually really dislike when women say makeup is just for fun. It absolutely isn’t and going makeup free will absolutely impact your career in subtle ways. I do think more women need to honestly examine why they wear make up and be real to themselves.”

        You just described my life. I stopped wearing makeup for awhile and actually had people tell me they respected me less (they couched it as feeling that people who put more effort into their appearance were more professional). Men and women are so much nicer to me and treat me with more respect when I wear a full no makeup makeup face. I have started wearing makeup again, but I feel somewhat forced and like a lady traitor because I interact with a college aged population.

    • Toast says:

      I don’t wear makeup most days but I have strong colouring (eyebrows and lips) naturally, but if I didn’t, I’d be defining my brows and lips with a little bit of natural stuff from the organic store (to avoid chemical exposure). But isn’t it about the degree you wear? Comparing to Kardashians is unrealistic. Most people get by with a bit of foundation, mascara, and lip gloss. It’s just about how you want to present yourself, for yourself. Jen Garner’s comments make it sound like mothers can’t strive to be physically appealing for themselves or that kids can’t understand we’re complex, multifaceted beings, or even more basically, she has to wear makeup sometimes for her job and that’s just a social standard or work thing. In certain workplaces away from showbiz you’ll want to wear some as etiquette – not expected of men – and I agree this is very unfair for women though a fact.

  4. Shrute’s beet farm says:

    I could never, and would never, wear makeup daily. Especially today’s kind of makeup where everything is SO over-done. I guess I get that from my mom. I saw her quite frequently going out without makeup and she let me know that it’s okay to do so, that I don’t have to make myself up for other people’s pleasure.

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t know how old you are but I was the same way until I was in my mid to late 40s. My whole life, my mom had always told me I should wear mascara since I have blonde eyelashes (I guess dark lashes are better, lol?) and I always resisted but now I think wearing some mascara and a little light concealer makes me look a million times less haggard and tired, so I do it along with lip gloss to go out most places now. I’ve also noticed how pretty a little bit of light eyeshadow looks on my boss and am thinking of branching out, haha.

      I always wash everything off as soon as I get home, though, I’m always hyperaware of it.

      • Shrute’s beet farm says:


        And I actually love some eyeshadow as long as it’s reasonably subtle but I have heterochromia and always am self-conscious about how every single eyeshadow I try calls attention to it.

      • JadedBrit says:

        @Shrute’s Beet Farm Heterochromia Iridium is amazing – so exceptionally unique and attractive; makes you a peacock among sparrows! I’m in awe of how diverse and exceptional differences in eye colour can look (a close friend has one hazel eye, one blue, and she totally owns it). Run with it – you’re unique!!

    • minx says:

      I have pale blue eyes so I have worn mascara every day since my teens. If I don’t I look sick, seriously. When I go to work I wear Physician’s Formula yellow concealer around my eyes, it is the ONLY product that counteracts gray shadows, believe me, I’ve tried them all. And a little blush.

  5. perplexed says:

    What she says makes sense, especially today. The number of choices to make your cheekbones look a certain way with make-up is astounding. I don’t remember that amount of choice when I was growing up.

  6. Reeta Skeeter says:

    I wear makeup every day if I am in public (eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick) but I no longer wear foundation or concealer as my skin looks younger/fresher without it on. My mum always wore makeup and I remember being transfixed by watching her putting it on. I like what an above poster said about if you feel you have to wear it, it’s no longer a choice. I wear no makeup at home, around my boyfriend and with close friends, but going into the public sphere I ALWAYS have some makeup on, because I don’t feel pretty enough without it.

    Obviously that translates to feeling I OWE the world prettiness. It’s a warped lesson we teach. I think it’s also because most girls DO want to be beautiful, and if other women are putting a million times more effort in, it becomes insidious, you feel you have to do that too. The 3D brows, big lips, fake tan, etc etc becomes the new baseline, the bare minimum that you have to meet to be considered attractive, and that’s insane (and also not true in my dating history.)

    • perplexed says:

      “The 3D brows, big lips, fake tan, etc etc becomes the new baseline, the bare minimum that you have to meet to be considered attractive, and that’s insane (and also not true in my dating history.)”

      I think make-up can be fun, but I find today’s standard to meet a bit baffling, to be honest. Like, the big lips thing. I’ll never achieve that and I don’t want to stick anything in them — if everybody can tell I had to go to a doctor to get them, I don’t want ‘em (why have they not improved the technique???).

      • Esmom says:

        Luckily I don’t think that’s the standard in the real world, for the most part. I have high school and college age kids and the girls/young women that I see for the most part are pretty natural in their appearance, except for special events like prom or sorority formal or something.

        The only person I know who is really into makeup like that is a young man (he had a nice little business in high school doing makeup for school dances) and he is channeling that passion in cosmetology school.

      • perplexed says:

        I wonder how much of geography has to do with it. In the area in which I live, I think people tend to be pretty focused on how their faces look (the eyebrow thing seems especially popular) — although there’s this strange juxtaposition where some people will be heavily made up in the face (along with manis and pedis) but wearing jogging pants. I figure if you’re going to put that much effort into your make-up (which looks almost theatrical), you’d want to wear better clothes to go with the make-up look. Or maybe this is actually the style now, and I am completely out of touch. I admit that I’m behind on trends. I have no judgement on it — I just find it interesting because it’s so different from what I remember growing up (I guess I considered mascara to be really going all out! But, like I said, I’m generally out-of-touch on what is actually fashionable. It took me a long time to find the will to commit to skinny jeans.)

      • Valois says:

        A lot of surgeons know how to do lip fillers in a very subtle way but a lot of people simply don’t want subtle. You can’t have them appear three or four times as big as they naturally are (see: Kylie) and still have it look natural. But small to medium changes to shape, volume or symmetry can look super natural if done right.
        Just like you can get a subtle boob job with tear-shaped implants and you only go up a size so no one will notice they’re fake. Or you want to go from an A to a DD which will be noticeable.

        Also, overfilling is a serious problem because a lot of people don’t wait long enough to get them redone so their lips get bigger and bigger over time.

      • Erinn says:

        I really don’t think it IS the standard. It’s the standard for showing off on instagram maybe… but it’s really only a standard for makeup artists. They want to show off the skills the have, and how much they can transform a look. I do not know a single woman who actually goes out in public with that level of makeup on. It’s just NOT the standard – but people are so afraid that it is. And I mean, I get the worry, but I think it’s unrealistic for the most part to think everyone is striving for that look.

        I watch youtubers who specialize in makeup. Tati Westbrook is one – she goes back and forth on being over the top glam and more natural looking. But she is mostly doing the over the top to SHOW what the makeup is capable of. It’s not like she expects anyone to go out looking like that. She’s also focused on being aware of what you’re putting into and on your body, and I think that’s a great thing. She also shaded Kat Von D over the vaccination stuff, so I’ll love her forever. Rachhloves is another great (Canadian) sweetheart who has a makeup channel.

        Eyebrows get more attention than they used to for sure – with microblading and drawing them in. But viewing instagram I’m going to be honest- most of the looks are just for the gram, or for portfolios or big events. But there’s PLENTY of ‘everyday’ makeup looks that look nothing like masks and theater makeup. There is more awareness that it’s not realistic to go out looking like that every day than you would think.

  7. Kat says:

    I very rarely wear makeup and always feel like when I do all I can see is the makeup. If I’m working or going out I put on concealer and masacara, lol. My mom also rarely wore makeup but never made a big deal when I was experimenting with it in my teen years. However, I’m really into skin care. and I get my roots done religiously every month. I guess everyone has their thing. PS I love neutrogena sunscreen

  8. Tiny Martian says:

    I wear makeup every day, and have done so since my teens. But where I live now, not a single one of my friends or family members wears makeup, not ever at all. And none of my co-workers do either! Whenever I am with them, I realize how weird it is that I feel the need to paint my face every day before I go out into the world.

    And I don’t really have a point in all of this, it’s just an observation! I guess I am simply questioning why I do this, and how it makes me different from those who don’t.

    • Nikki says:

      Would you mind telling me where you live where no one wears makeup? I’m curious if it’s a super religious place, or very rural?

      • me says:

        I was wondering that too. I’m guessing there is no need for a Sephora in that town lol ! I think it’s great if someone wants to wear make-up and it’s also great if someone doesn’t. It’s a personal choice.

      • Gottasayit. says:

        Welcome to my part of the country. No religion. Just no one wears makeup. They wear sweats and leggings everywhere and sadly obesity is second highest of the country. It actually is quite sad how little people care about their appearance. I am enjoying reading about all these makeup regimes. They sound pretty. I wish we were all in a bathroom right now trying all sorts of different stuff on each other :) . And yes I guess that defeats the premise of the article but I taught my girlfriend about drawing on her eyebrows last year and it was honestly a really fun time :) . Women love helping each other look “prettier”. Maybe we do it more for each other than men. I really do think we do sometimes. I travel a lot so I see and know a lot of different levels of
        make up on women.

    • dlc says:

      I work in a female dominated job, and I would say half the staff wear makeup, half don’t. No one is Kardashian level. I would say I am noticeable for wearing makeup, and all I do is foundation (I am very pink without it) eyebrow stuff (this is new, but I’m getting grey eyebrow hairs! ) and the noticeable part, lipstick, I’m pale and feel paler without it. I don’t think it’s a religion thing at all, at least where I am at.

  9. Astrid says:

    I suppose she has to talk about something in an interview. But I kind of feel like she’s making much to do about nothing in the make up discussion.

  10. Beer&Crumpets says:

    I feel sort of naked when I leave the house (for work or on the rare occasion that my husband manages to lure me out of the house to go on a ‘date’) without makeup. I also cant go anywhere with wet hair. I dont know why. It’s not like I DO my hair, and when I do it’s not like anyone can tell the difference. (It always looks the same whether I spend 5 minutes or an hour on it- it inevitably looks like small animals have been nesting there and only recently vacated.) But my wearing of makeup isnt like being Made Up, I’ve noticed. I dont know how to contour. I cant wear eyeliner or mascara no matter how waterproof because I wear glasses and live in Florida, and apparently my eyeballs produce a lot of heat which my glasses trap, therefore any eye makeup has a shelf life of about 39 seconds before it runs. I cant figure out how to put concealer on under my eyes to hide the dark circles without accentuating all the little wrinkles, so I dont do that either. I dont wear blush because I run around a lot and I get hot so my face is pink anyway. My lipstick shade is Dr Pepper flavored lip balm because… I’m tired, you guys. I’m just so tired, and I only have time to pee once a day, probably, so forget about reapplying anything. I can put on Dr Pepper without looking while I’m schlepping from one room to another.

    Jesus, I just realized that my makeup consists of eyebrows (because I came of age in the 90s when there was no such thing as over-plucking), pore minimize (by Benefit- holy shit yall, that stuff *really works*) and like 3 different types of antiperspirant/deodorant, plus some powder on my butt and hips to keep my pants from melting to my skin. (My work clothes are a poly/cotton blend- they hold heat, but they dont wrinkle or stain.)

    At least my armpits arent swampy.

    • Hunter says:

      Your makeup routine sounds a lot like my makeup routine. I live in NC and it’s hot and muggy much of the year, so I can’t be bothered to waste time and money on products that will just melt and run all over my face. I did get some help recently though, and I have no regrets. A lash tint and lift runs me 60 bucks here and lasts a few months, and I broke down and found an amazing brow artist who tattooed on some very natural looking powder brows (lasts a couple years), as I lost most of my own due to endocrine issues. Some Burt’s Bees lip balm completes my look.

      And YESSSS to the powder! A must-have for the humidity!

    • Pandy says:

      At least my armpits aren’t swampy – thanks for the laugh!!!!!

  11. Dora says:

    I don’t wear makeup every day as I don’t want to spend too much time in the morning for it. Not wearing makeup allowed me to have more money to buy good skincare products. Every girl or woman could do what it makes her feel beautiful and comfortable. As for Jennifer Garner, she is a beautiful lady with or without make up.

  12. Ifeoma says:

    My mum has NEVER put on makeup. I put on makeup (lipstick and powder) whenever I go out.

  13. Nikki says:

    I’m so fair, I look like a chemotherapy patient without color on my brows and eyes, truly. But as I’m entering my 60′s, I find foundations look truly aging and frightening in the sunlight, so I’ve been forgoing them..

  14. Ader says:

    Jennifer Garner is a mash-up of everyone I’ve plucked from my life over the past two decades.

    As for makeup…I don’t wear it. And recently, I stopped…this is going to sound gross…washing my face on a daily basis. I’m in my 40s, and my skin has never looked better. Hand to sky. I just pat it with some water and a washcloth twice a day. On Saturdays, I wash with…ivory soap and do one of those OTC masks (just because it feels good).

    • Mary says:

      My Esthetician told me I was over-washing my face.

      I would wash my face morning and night and then after one or two workouts through out the day. I was drying out my skin by overwashing and began developing blackheads and clogged pores from the dry skin. she suggested splashing with water in the morning just like you and washing with a cleanser after a work out/ at night. Its much better for me.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Yeah that definitely sounds like over-washing. I wear full makeup most days ans I was my face twice a day. If I workout (usually afterwork) I just workout with my makeup on (I work out at home) and then do my full nighttime skin care routine when I’m done. And at night I do a double cleanse with a cleansing balm and a gentle cleanser to make sure I’ve removed all my makeup.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I hope you are wearing sunscreen.

  15. Ali says:

    Some people are really good at applying makeup and some people have the kind of faces that are transformed into a totally different look and I appreciate that but it’s just not me. I don’t have the kind of features that become enhanced with Kardashian style make-up.

    If I were a celebrity, Neutrogena would be about my speed for an endorsement. Face soap, sunscreen and moisturizer, check.

  16. Mego says:

    My go to now is a swipe of foundation and lip colour. To me it makes a world of difference because my lips are the same colour as my face without it. Also beta hydroxy acid is my friend – skin is still oily at 50.

    • dlc says:

      Yes! That is me and lipstick! My lips are so pretty after I brush my teeth…then so pale later on…

  17. Mimisnowball says:

    Did her boyfriend dump her?

    • rita says:

      Prob. He hasn’t been seen in more than a month. She’s a boring, chicken-walking drag.

    • Chloe says:

      They were seen having dinner last month. Still taking it slow, I guess.

      • Hoot says:

        As a mother of three, she’s taking it slow. What does she need another man around for? At this point, her children come first without the drama of another “father figure” in their lives. They already have one of those (albeit not under the most ideal conditions).

  18. MoreSalt says:

    It used to make me so angry that I’d make double the tips when I made up my face before work (bartender) until I bitched about to a coworker that I shouldn’t have to paint my face to make money, and he said “uh, I wish I could take 15 minutes before work to make double the money during my shift.” Definitely shifted my perspective a bit. Now neither of my jobs deal with the public and it’s incredible, I can go weeks without putting anything on my skin.

  19. julie says:

    She has breast implants, gets regular Botox injections and has been lying about her upper lip for years. Makeup is not a big deal but it’s weird that she’s trying to make it that way. I think seeing your mother with breast implants is potentially more damaging to a young girl’s psyche, not seeing mom with some lipliner and blusher.

    • Mary says:

      Yeah the plastic surgery screws with her kids heads.

      In some videos, her upper lip is crazy looking.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      She’s had big lips dating back to when she was on Felicity. Now she may have had something done to maintain the fullness but she’s always had big lips.

    • Lena says:

      Uh, I would never have known she had implants at all if I didn’t just read it on here. It’s not like she has big boobs so I don’t think anyone would care including her kids.

      • Mimisnowball says:

        Uh, why would her kids care if she wore mascara every other day? They wouldn’t. But for some odd reason she’s wondering how much damage it would all do. Her obvious plastic surgery on the other hand…does she wonder about that or is she pretending it all never happened? ha

      • julie says:

        She was practically flat-chested in the aughts.

      • TH says:

        Thanks to a surgeon, her boobs are bigger than God originally made them, as is her lip. She’s all worried about makeup when her body is lie.

      • claire says:

        Lena, I think the implants were after her last baby. When she lost weight after the first 2 pregnancies, her boobs shrank with the rest of her, but after her son was born and she got extremely lean elsewhere, her bust actually appeared larger, with no hint of sagging.

    • Toast says:

      Julie, well said. She’s so disingenuous! How strange she can’t reconcile “mother” with the idea “mother” can look after her presentation and wear makeup and possibly be sexual or sensual for herself. I think this was just an excuse to namedrop her children and keep selling the best mother image.

  20. Mary says:

    I work from home so I never wear make up and as someone above thread mentioned, spend my for funsies cash on fantastic moisturizers (skinceuticals triple peptide cream), anti-aging night treatments like retinol, and eyelash serums to promote growth (Neulash). My goal is always to take care of my skin so I can minimize my make up products because as I get older, I feel my face doesnt carry make up very well because of my fine lines around my eyes.

  21. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Eh. I love makeup. I wear a full face of makeup everyday to work. It’s fun and it makes me feel good. Makeup is creative outlet for me. I like experimenting with different looks, color combos and techniques.

  22. rita says:

    She and Caitlyn Jenner could be twins.

  23. Pandy says:

    Well, my mother would use this maybelline brow darkener (you had to wet it) and would put on a slick of lipstick to go out but that was about it. I slathered on the Cover Girl starting at age 19 and wore full face for about 5 years. Then I ditched the CG foundation because I had good skin and realized how stupid I was to think a mask of beige and powder blush was better than my own coloring. And 30 years on, I wear some cover stick, base shadow and an eyeliner. I can’t be bothered with mascara unless it’s a special occasion. Same with foundation. I am a lipstick girl though. So my adolescent brain was not warped by mother …. my friends wore heavy make up and I followed suit as soon as I was old enough (I wasn’t allowed to wear any in school). And now I mostly can’t be bothered loll.

  24. endy says:

    Yeah okay, whatever Jen. Back when she was still desperate to hold Ben’s interest, she was trying all sorts of things with her appearance including breast implants. She’s a dirty-looking slob now but you can’t change the past.

  25. Ash says:

    Makeup preferences and societal implications are complex for women. I try to not wear makeup on the weekends, but do sometimes feel a pang or self-consciousness when I am out doing errands in public without it. Especially because I always run into people. I wear a full face every day to work. Foundation, eyeliner, relatively substantial eyeshadow, filled in brows, and blush (never lipstick though). And I color my hair. I am routinely complimented on it, and I know that my “look” has helped me in my career. It would be nicer if I didn’t have to spend time fixing myself up every morning, but that is another “pink” tax that we have become accustomed to. Funny thing is, I actually look younger and fresher without makeup (I am 32), but am equated as being less professional and more lazy if I go without. And I have to spend the whole day touching it up since I am naturally oilly. It never ends, ha.

  26. Toast says:

    Ew, too much information about specific kids. Never mention your kids by name, specifically, in interviews; they didn’t sign up for the celeb life. But what am I talking about; this woman trots out the kids for pap walks all the time. I find her very desperate to hang on to celebrity.

  27. sammiches says:

    “Kids notice Botox and fillers too.” YAS, CELEBITCHY

    • claire says:

      Thought that was the best part of the commentary. Wearing make up is something temporary that you put on and take off – just like a work wardrobe. Fillers, botox and breast implants are clearly a different story and I wonder how she explains that to her kids, especially the older girl.

  28. What fresh hell says:

    Being married to Ben Affleck should have provided plentry of insight into the adolescent brain.

  29. Shannon Malcom says:

    Makeup is so personal, I hate it when anyone (omg especially men) try to police it for others. And Jennifer Garner doesn’t do that here, imo, so good for her. Personally, I’ve always been in the middle for the most part. I don’t like to wear too much, but I don’t really like to go without it either. I see some of these tutorials and just laugh, I could never deal with makeup that takes more than five minutes or so to do. Contouring and sh!t? Gtfooh LOL, personally, I can’t. If I had a daughter, I would just hope she would feel empowered to make her own decisions regarding makeup while also realizing that makeup is not what makes her beautiful.

  30. Carolnr says:

    I put on a good moisturizer with sunscreen every day, whether it it winter or summer. The moisturizer actually makes foundation easier to apply. And I do use brown/ gray eyeliner ( without it my eyes are small) ( I envy women with big eyes) And a little bit of eyeliner works well for me! I also envy women with long lashes but i still don’t use mascara. ( i found it bled into my eyeliner & I could not be bothered with it!
    The trouble with young kids & makeup is that they need then to be taught good skincare…a lot want to wear it but do not want to be bothered with washing their face , which can cause other problems with their face. And for some reason when they first experiment with makeup, they go to the extreme…
    You should do whatever makes you feel good about yourself….