Why Won’t Jennifer Garner Wear Red Lipstick? (Plus, Find Out About Her No-Diet Mantra)

01/22/2015 at 12:15 PM ET

Jennifer Garner has always been in great shape. (Her toned arms will forever be an inspiration.) But the mom of three has learned she can’t always obsess over food — and she definitely lets herself have cheat days. (Who can resist pizza, after all?) The actress opens up to makeup master Bobbi Brown about her outlook on diet, beauty and more.

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“There’s always a point in the fitting where I feel like, ‘Why didn’t I just try to lose four pounds and then I could wear any dress?’ I just can’t though,” Garner says in a new interview with Yahoo! Beauty. “I dieted for so long in the middle of doing Alias and being a superhero, that there’s something in me that can’t do anything that extreme.”

But it’s not like the 42-year-old mom is sitting around eating donuts. “I eat lots of leafy greens, dark greens, with rice too because I want it to be a meal,” she shares. “I just have a big bag of greens that I get from the farmer’s market on Sunday. I keep it in a Ziploc bag and I just pull out handfuls of it for lunch everyday and add whatever I have to it.”

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She does, however, leave some room for carbs. “With food I’m probably good 80 percent of the time. I’ve found out that I cannot pass up pizza without having some. I just can’t,” she says. “My kids have a lot of pizza. I can’t go to a kid’s birthday party without having a slice.”

Garner also revealed that she has a pretty low-maintenance approach to makeup. “Red lips on me is obnoxious. I have enough of a big ol’ face that the last thing anyone needs is to have anything exaggerated that much. I never used powder unless I’m about to be in front of a camera. I don’t need that matte, crunchy feeling.”

What do you think of Garner’s outlook on dieting? How about her makeup mantras? Do you want to see her in a bright lip? Share your thoughts below.

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