"I want to look normal and I want to normalize looking normal," said the actress.
Hollywood has beauty standards that are difficult for anyone to meet. One must avoid wrinkles, grey hair, or any signs of natural aging. Actress Jennifer Garner is challenging these standards. Garner is 50, fantastic, and thriving now! The award-winning actress is not afraid to go out without makeup and she even flaunts her wrinkles and folds.
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Her social media posts are also hilarious and relatable. But the actress is well aware that stardom can create unrealistic expectations from the person behind the movie camera or the magazine cover.
Speaking about using makeup and other tools of her trade she said, as per TODAY, "We can almost all wear less than we think because, to me, I don't want my kids or people to only see the actor version of me that is perfectly made up by brilliant artists and think that's how I look. I want to look normal and I want to normalize looking normal."
Garner is the ex-wife of Ben Affleck and shares three children with the actor. She had to evolve at different stages of her life as she switched between being a glamorous actress and a hands-on mom. Both motherhood and aging changed her style. But overall, she loves to keep it real and natural. She also told Harper's Bazaar, that the beauty advice she would give her two daughters would be "to look at the mirror less.”
Talking about the challenges of motherhood, the actress told Real Simple, that breastfeeding was worse on her skin than puberty. But now she has developed ways to combat fatigue. She tries to get enough sleep, and stay hydrated, and if all else fails, she puts some blush as a camouflage.
The 13 Going 30 star has had to get comfortable with being photographed even when she is not "camera-ready", she told the outlet. As photographers are in constant search of photographs of famous people, they tend to click pictures just about anywhere, from the gym to when one is taking care of kids. As a result, the pictures that come out are not all that impressive.
Garner also feels lucky that her fans find her approachable and they feel like they are meeting an old friend and not an aloof celebrity. As she told PEOPLE, “They tell me I’m prettier in person than I am on screen. You might as well see it for the compliment that they mean it to be."
While meeting her fans is a source of delight for Garner, the online world is harsh, where she has been targeted by trolls. However, the Pearl Harbor actress soon realized that the comments were affecting her mentally and she made a decision to disengage.
Garner credits her parents for the values they instilled in her, starting from her career to motherhood and even beauty. Her mom did not wear a lot of makeup and both her parents emphasized that what is on the inside is more important. As she told Marie Claire, “It’s important to be in love with how you look without any makeup on and with your hair in a bun.”
She is truly comfortable in her own skin. While visiting The Ellen Show, she took a selfie putting her chin, wrinkles, and skin folds on display. She shared the video on Instagram and proved that she does not take herself too seriously.
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