Jennifer Garner Used This $13 Foundation on the Red Carpet
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Jennifer Garner Used This $12 Foundation on the Red Carpet

Thanks to an assist from skin-brightening ingredients.
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More than any other, the Academy Awards are a night for celebrities to go mega-watt luxe. Out came the big guns like Jessica Chastain's Gucci gown, Stephanie Beatriz's haute couture Dior, and Barbie Ferreira's $3,290 Fendi dress, and most celebrities trust equally expensive beauty favorites for the annual celebration. Yet Jennifer Garner is an anomaly: The actress walked the red carpet in a $12 drugstore foundation, and still looked spectacular.  

According to behind-the-scenes footage, Neutrogena's Full-Coverage Matte CC Cream was responsible for the actress' glamorous, old-Hollywood beauty look. The pairing should come as no surprise: Garner has worked with the brand for over a decade and relies on the drugstore mainstay's Hydro Boost Gel Cream, Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum for plump, line-free skin.    

Still, how great Garner looked with only drugstore makeup is a little shocking — but according to shoppers, the formula easily rivals pricier products. "[It's] not heavy, yet gives full coverage," wrote a 51-year-old of the base makeup. "Much better than the more expensive products out there." Others noted that the CC cream offers "beautiful, natural" coverage for discoloration, and a "tiny bit" goes a long way.  

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Users also said the creamy concoction didn't sink into their fine lines or wrinkles, even for those with dry, mature skin. The "healthy, breathable" effect is likely thanks to the formula's thoughtful ingredients: The dermatologist-developed blend calls on niacinamide to brighten and glycerin to hydrate, and skips phthalates, fragrance, parabens, and oil (if you're fuzzy on what differentiates a foundation from a CC cream, it's usually the color-correcting additions). 

Per shoppers, the only downside is the lack of swatches available on Amazon. That aside, its redness-calming and covering capabilities make it a favorite, along with its moisturizing impact on dry patches. "Stop wasting your money on expensive foundation," wrote a reviewer over 40 years old. "This is the best matte foundation, and it's good for your skin." 

Given those glowing recommendations, Garner and makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua's decision to use the CC cream makes perfect sense. If you'd like to try the celebrity-approved drugstore product for yourself, you can grab the Full-Coverage Matte CC Cream for $12 at Amazon.

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