In case you were wondering where Eva Mendes has been lately, the actress and partner of Ryan Gosling says that as the mother of two daughters under the age of three, Esmeralda, 2, and Amada, 11 months, she’s become a bit of a homebody. She tells Shape that her idea of “me” time is a three-times-a-week workout schedule that allows her to occasionally indulge in a few of her guilty pleasures—her mom’s Cuban cooking and two types of Cadbury Creme Eggs.
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“The mini ones and the big ones with the filling,” she says, describing the irresistible foods she breaks her clean eating habit for. “My mom makes me the best black beans in the world. I’ll never stop devouring them.”
As for her ageless looks, the 43-year-old credits natural remedies like omega-3 fatty acids and coconut oil for her radiant skin. “For me, glowing skin comes from the inside. I start to get sallow if I’m not eating well. I take fish oil supplements. And I love coconut oil. I apply it to my face. That’s my go-to. I also drink a lot of water. I always keep a bottle with me and kind of force myself to drink. My skin just looks better when I’m hydrated.”
You probably won’t see the star going makeup-free anytime soon. In addition to being the creative director of drugstore beauty brand CIRCA Beauty, she also really enjoys the pastime of putting it on. “I wear makeup every day. Typically, it’s minimal—a little eyeliner, lip liner and balm, and some concealer. It takes me about five minutes to apply it. But when I get ready for an event or a dinner, I do like to take my time putting my makeup on. To me, the process of getting ready can be really, really romantic. It takes me probably 45 minutes because I go very slow.”
She also confesses to adopting a few makeup tricks to sculpt her face and emphasize her best features. “I’ve learned some very good makeup tricks too, like how important it is to work with your face shape,” says Mendes. “Because I have a long face, my makeup artist taught me to swipe blush across one cheek and lightly over the nose, then over the other cheek to help break up the length a bit. Another great tip to try: Add some illumination to your Cupid’s-bow right above your lip by putting a little bit of highlighter—or even a dab of light eye shadow—there. That will give some pop to your lips.”
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