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by Diana Nguyen | Wed., Apr. 20, 2016 12:32 PM
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The Mother's Day star revealed her beauty and health secrets in the latest issue, including how hitting the gym six days a week makes her feel "really beautiful when I've finished a great workout," she said. Really, though, her beauty routine hasn't changed much from when she was named the mag's Most Beautiful in 2004.
While 12 years ago, she admitted that she loved plucking her eyebrows and stopped wearing so much makeup after an early boyfriend told her she didn't need to—now, the actress prefers to keep things simple. "Less is more, less makeup, less full and just more natural," she recently told Vogue.
Less, however, is not none. And although the actress is beautiful (especially without makeup)—she keeps it notoriously mum on the few products that keep her looking ageless. What's really in her makeup bag? We dug through news archives and found almost every instance in which Jen shared her favorite products.
In 2013, Jen revealed her beauty tricks to RedBook, including using a few tried-and-true drugstore products, like L'Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes (to get a safe glow) and petroleum jelly. "Put Vaseline on your eyes at night—all over. It helps condition your lashes," she told the mag.
In the same year, the actress also revealed to New York Magazine two makeup essentials. "I always have a Fig lip liner by Estée Lauder; I've been using that pencil forever," she said. "I really like this concealer pencil by La Femme, which is double ended, one side is a concealer and the other is a highlighter."
While Jen knows the value of a good bargain brand, we're guessing she can afford a few luxury items as well. In November 2014, when Harper's Bazaar asked her about her go-to products, she answered, "Aveeno and Mila Moursi." Her favorite? Mila Moursi Lifting Serum, which rings in at a cool $440. The Firming Cream, however, costs a more affordable $170…silver lining!
Of course, even the "World's Most Beautiful" are human and subjected to the occasional pimple. In these annoying times, Jennifer reaches for Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, which the actress has "used for years and years," she said to Elle in 2015. Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm, By Terry Rose Balm and the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour compact are also mainstays in her handbag.
So far, the A-lister's beauty routine may seem super simple, but we imagine she still reaches for a few beloved staples, like Chanel Le Blush Creme in Intonation and Bare Minerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. "I don't know what it is about this foundation," said Jen to InStyle in March 2015. "Somehow the texture is super lightweight yet still gives great coverage."
Finally, when it comes to nail colors, Jen has her favorites. "I'm not big on bright pink—for winter and fall, I go with a dark, deep bordeaux or cabernet colors, like Tom Ford's Bitter Bitch," Jen shared with Good Housekeeping in April. For more summertime-appropriate colors, Jen opts for more feminine colors, like the subtle pinks of Essie Mademoiselle and Essie Limo-Scene.
We know your go-to products evolve with time, and so probably has Jen's. However, there are a few products she'll most likely use for a long time coming: Aveeno, Smart Water and Living Proof. Sure, she is either the spokesperson or co-owner of said brands, but there's an authenticity in the way she promotes them in every beauty interview.
We get it: She likes things simple, which is why Aveeno works for her. "Honestly, simplicity is the best. Don't get fooled by fancy bottles and expensive products," she told Glo. "I've learned that fancy products aren't necessarily the best!"
And when speaking of her hair products, she can tell you how each product works on her tresses. "The beauty of Living Proof is that you don't need to wash your hair every day, because it doesn't have build-up from silicones or heavy oils, which is fantastic."
Finally, every makeup artist, beauty guru and celeb knows the power of drinking a lot of water, to help retain moisture in your skin. So out of all the products she's trying to sell, we'll drink this one right up, thank you.
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