Jennifer Gar­ner shares her phi­los­o­phy on glam­ming it up and find­ing time for her­self

InStyle (USA) - - Directory - —ANGELIQUE SER­RANO

You’re an ac­tress, a founder of an or­ganic-baby-food com­pany, a part-time farmer, a mom of three— how do you find time for it all?

If you want time, you have to get it be­fore your kids wake up, and that’s early. The older I get, the more I re­al­ize how much agency I have over my own time. If I work re­ally hard, I can make things hap­pen. Work­ing out is a huge stress re­lief for me. I’ve trained with Valerie Wa­ters and Body by Simone’s Simone De La Rue for years. For the [ac­tion movie] Peppermint, we amped it up and added box­ing, which, it turned out, I love. But I can­not pass up string cheese and a bowl of corn chips.

Your In­sta­gram ac­count has re­ally taken on a life of its own. You’re wip­ing fake blood off your body one day then chas­ing chick­ens on your farm the next.

It’s a peek into the dumb, silly, ridicu­lous in­ner work­ings of my dumb, silly, ridicu­lous life. It’s ac­tu­ally been a lot more fun than I ever imag­ined it would be. And it’s a lot of work be­cause it’s all me. No­body writes my cap­tions or any­thing like that. But my as­sis­tant does the edit­ing, all the tech­ni­cal stuff—i don’t know how to do that.

The video you posted demon­strat­ing Reese Wither­spoon’s hot-roller tech­nique from her book, Whiskey in a Teacup, went vi­ral. Was that the first time you hot-rollered your hair?

That was a lot of fun. I just got her book and was so ex­cited and thought, “OK, I have a half hour. What am I go­ing to do?” That’s how ev­ery­thing is: “Let’s make a pre­tend cook­ing show!” But no, that was not the first time I hot-rollered my hair. I grew up on­stage.

So you like sit­ting in the hair and makeup chair?

I can’t say I’m that im­pres­sive as a part­ner or col­lab­o­ra­tor. I’ve worked with the same peo­ple, like my hairstylis­t, Adir [Abergel], for­ever. My main note to any­one get­ting me ready is, “I’m not the one. I’m not your muse.” It’s very easy for me to feel as if I’m in costume, and I just ... I just can’t do it.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done in the name of beauty?

Um, I’m not some­one you’re go­ing to see get­ting a “vam­pire facial.” I un­der­stand the al­lure of it, and I’m sure peo­ple are see­ing re­sults, but it doesn’t make sense to me to mess with your blood and all that. I’m a lit­tle cau­tious in that way. But I do like a face roller; I’ll use one oc­ca­sion­ally if I have some­thing to go to.

So your bath­room isn’t full of high-tech gad­gets, con­tour kits, and lip­stick tubes?

You might see a lot of lip­sticks, but they’re all ex­actly the same shade!

You played a women’s-mag­a­zine edi­tor in your movie 13 Go­ing on 30. If you were an edi­tor in real life, what ques­tion would you ask Jennifer Gar­ner?

I would want to ask ques­tions that you’ve been told not to ask. [ laughs] That’s what I would want to do.

“I’m not some­one you’re go­ing to see get­ting a ‘vam­pire facial.’ ”

JENNIFER’S MUST-HAVES Neu­tro­gena Mois­ture Smooth Color Stick in Rich Raisin, $10; Neu­tro­gena Rapid Wrin­kle Repair Retinol Oil, $28; neu­tro­gena .com. Refa Carat Face, $220; re­ “All my hair and makeup buddies tell me they keep th­ese [pouches] in their bag. They’ll have a purée be­tween jobs. It makes me laugh be­cause I’m like, ‘Guys, this is baby food!’ ” Once upon a Farm Mama Bear Blueberry, $3; once up­on­a­farm organics .com.

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