Jennifer Garner looks different at a ballet event: is it her hair or makeup?

I barely recognized Jennifer Garner in the thumbnails of her appearance at the American Ballet Theatre’s Annual Holiday Benefit in Beverly Hills last night. I think it’s because she lightened her hair a little with honey highlights. She’s also gone lighter with her makeup. She looks so pretty! Her dress is kind of nondescript, but it’s perfect for the event and her styling stands out. We’ve learned through Garner’s posts on Instagram that she studied ballet as a child and is a fan. She’s surely thrilled to support the cause.

Garner also posted a video to Instagram (that’s below) where she’s in a nutcracker costume “helping” the dancers get ready for their performance. She’s acting goofy and out of place, as is her schtick, but it’s nice to see the dancers. I have only seen the Nutcracker once, when I was very little and found it boring. I wouldn’t mind seeing it again actually.

Last week there were photos of Garner and her boyfriend, restaurant technology CEO John Miller, heading to breakfast. They didn’t seem to be photographed together, and E! quoted a source who previously said that they want to keep the relationship “private and for themselves” and that Jen is “keeping things under wraps by going away with him and seeing him in private places.” OK thanks for letting us know.

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I take game day seriously. #numberonefan #snowflakesforsnowflakes #americanballettheatre . Thank you to all of the @abtofficial dancers and crew for letting me play along — I was in heaven being with all of you. Even more— I loved every minute of #ABTNutcracker @segerstromarts. @mistyonpointe was the dreamiest Clara. Alabama’s finest, @mbhoven, was the most regal prince. The mice made me laugh, the snowflakes made me dream, the bees made me tired… If you want to feel holiday happiness: find and see your local Nutcracker!! 🤶🏻🎄🤶🏻🎄🤶🏻 . ❤️❤️ @stellaabreradetsky @betsymcb @courtney_shealy @laurencpost @alexbasmagy_diaz @remyyounggg @april_giange ❤️❤️

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Also points for getting this little venus flytrap all dressed up as a santa plant and then having it close around a beard. That’s clever!

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  1. Erinn says:

    She looks really good here. Not sure what’s different – maybe makeup, maybe minor tweaks? But either way, it suits her.

    • Kateeee says:

      Agreed. It feels like something is different in her upper lip area, like she stopped doing whatever was overinflating it all these years, or maybe shaved down the tip of her nose? Regardless, she looks great and happy too. Good for her!

    • Swack says:

      Her hair has been flat-ironed, is how I see it. Usually it’s more naturally curly/wavy.

      • Jan90067 says:

        Her hair looks…strange… bump/wave on top. While her face looks a bit longer(?) maybe it’s the hairline, combed back a bit, she looks like she had a bit of filler in the cheek , and has those Botox bunny lines.

        Or maybe it’s that she just looks REALLY happy lately, not a look we’re used to seeing on her with Affleck?

    • Harryg says:

      Fillers around mouth. Now she looks like “someone else.” She looks good though.

      • sequinedheart says:

        I feel like her nose has had some editing. like filled to smooth it out. Any little rhinoplasty can make a huge difference to a face.

      • North of Boston says:

        She looks like she’s channeling Rachel McAdams. Not that that’s a bad thing, but she doesn’t quite look like herself.

    • Erinn says:

      I went and looked back at other photos – her face looks more round, and her brows are definitely drawn in darker than normal. And she usually wears a more nude lip color – this one is still light and glossy, but it’s a more bright pink than her usual. So if there’s tweaking, she’s kept it minimal which is always smart. But I think the biggest difference is that she looks super super happy – and it’s nice to see.

    • Isabelle says:

      The hair is a big change. She looks so much better with the shorter hair. The color is different as well.

      • Polly says:

        Her hair doesn’t look that different to me, the colour is slightly lighter but otherwise it’s the same style she’s had for years. It’s something around her eyes that looks different to me.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      I would say she has let her upper lip go natural and stopped wearing heavy eye make-up or false lashes. She looks real.

    • derpshooter says:

      I think she looks the same as ever in the smiley picture, but different in the non-smiley pics. I think she looks different because we’re missing her big dimples and teeth. She’s almost always smiling.

  2. Zapp Brannigan says:

    She looks great, but losing 200lb of douche bag will do that for you.

    • lucy2 says:

      She does look nice, I like her dress too. She has to be happier and lighter without him dragging her down all the time.

    • Lizzie says:

      slow clapppp

    • ab says:

      right? I don’t think she’s had any work done since her affleck-removal procedure. she looks lighter, but I’m pretty sure it’s just new-relationship glow.

  3. Astrid says:

    Never would have guessed that this is Jennifer Garner

  4. Originaltessa says:

    Minor Botox and her brows are a bit higher than normal.

  5. Sayrah says:

    That first pic makes it look like something is different but the smiling ones look normal.

    • Alissa says:

      agreed, but it looks like her nose is slightly different? I dunno, I can’t put my finger on it.

  6. Sb says:

    She doesn’t have her bangs covering her forehead in these pics. That’s why she looks so different. I kinda dig her bangs.

    • Gemini says:

      she hasnt had bangs since like 2014. they made her look sour and tired.

      what’s different in these pics is all of the tweaking that she’s undeniably had done. lol

    • DIRTNAP says:

      I thought maybe it was that she parted her hair on a different side than she normally does. I usually see photos of it parted down the middle or on the other side. But you all are more likely to be right – her face has probably had a little “refresh.” She looks really pretty!

  7. M says:

    Botoxed to the hilt. She lost definition in her philtrum — the area between your nose and upper lip is not supposed to be completely smooth. Starting to look aged and pinched yet weirdly smooth, typical LA.

  8. geekychick says:

    Come on…it’s her face. Her face is different. New botox or something, I’m not well versed in all the plastic and similar procedures, but you’d have to be blind to not see it’s the face.

    • abbi says:

      Lol, right!

    • My3cents says:

      Yup, did not recognize her at all.

    • ladyballz says:

      Fersure- I feel like it’s possibly a major microderm (my sister’s friend got a crazy peel that took 10 YEARS OFF HER FACE), and my gut says something is different with her lids, but I would also be on board with botox around the hairline and tapping back on the top lip fill to distract from it. On top of everything they make her hair different, change the eye makeup to make it all look like, well, just “a look.” Perfect timing since she got all ripped, and is now expected to “soften up.” It’s funny- the Hollywood dudes do a weight gain FIRST, THEN get work done and drop the weight so it looks like it’s exercise related (ahem, George Clooney, Tomb Cruise, Brad-is-the-Pitts…)

      All this face-effing looks good in pictures…at first… but in real life is #creepyAF #haveyoueverseensomeonewithlipfillerseatahotdog #botoxmademelooklikeIsmelledafart

    • Usedtobe says:

      Squinty eyes.

    • april says:

      Absolutely it’s her face. What happened to her pronounced dimples she used to have? She looks better now that the dimples are less pronounced.

  9. gg says:

    That gown is straight out of Golden Girls but with awards season coming up, real high-profile actresses are no doubt taking all of the best ones. This is probably the best she could get, bless her heart.

    • Esmom says:

      Please. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t have trouble getting “good” gowns.

      • KE says:

        No one checks for Garner except her weirdo stans on DM and IG. She’s nowhere near the top of the pile in the film industry, and is little more than a tabloid spectacle and IG personality these days. Couldn’t even get a Globe nod for Camping.

      • gg says:

        Uhhhhh well clearly she DOES have trouble getting good gowns or she wouldn’t be wearing this bedazzled old lady muumuu to an event.

      • Esmom says:

        Maybe she didn’t get a Globe nod for Camping because it was sh^tty? And I’m not a “weirdo stan,” just a regular CB reader who thinks she seems to still be pretty successful even if people insist that she’s completely washed up.

        As for the gown, I’m guessing she chose it herself. She’s not exactly known for her style. It’s not like it was an awards show, where she clearly gets decent stuff sent to her.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        I think she’s low key with her fashion choices and this gown looks,to me how I would expect her to dress.Since this is a Christmas/winter type event I think the long skirt part of the dress would have been great with a cashmere sweater top,fitted,and tucked into the skirt.

      • minx says:

        gg—bedazzled old lady muumuu, 😂😂

    • Jenn says:

      Ahahaha. It’s Prada, too, if you can believe. She’s gorgeous but her eye is worse than Katie Holmes’

  10. Steff says:

    I find her cringy on instagram.

  11. Baby Got Back Fat says:

    Botox brow lift, Botox above the upper lip, which is why it’s so smooth there, and some of her upper lip filler dissolved

  12. maria says:

    There are other pics from this event where her new Joker face is a lot more obvious. Frightening. This site is kind and generous.

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    It’s her face. Mama been tweakin’.

  14. Mia4s says:

    …..just hair and makeup huh?….O….K. 😒

    She doesn’t look bad per say, but I’m seeing worrying signs of LA face. That’s a shame.

  15. Esmom says:

    I get her geeking out on the ballet, I was the same way from early childhood on. It’s punishing, to be sure, but such a magical art form.

  16. kate says:

    That face has been hella tweaked. She’s down the plastic faced rabbit hole now. Her eyebrows are going to be on her hairline at some point soon.

    And it must be said, emceeing a ballet event? lmao Officially a member of the Hollywood ex-wives club…

    • Jerusha says:

      Why? Because hosting an American Ballet Theatre event starring Misty Copeland is such a nothing? Sounds like a real honor to me. Odd thing to drag her about. She’s always been a dance nerd and apparently dancers appreciate that.

  17. daphne says:

    So much Botox in the face. She looks “different” now.

    Of course her fake boyfriend wasn’t there. We are only going to see pics of them together in the same zip code after the tabloids call her out again. lmao So obvious.

    • carolyn says:

      Jennifer’s PR team will inform you of where and when you need to be in order to capture the next impromptu “sighting.” You will likely be asked if you can give a line or two (as an ‘inside source’) to the tabloids on speed dial (ETonline, US mag). Just say that Jen brings out the best in John Miller and he’s never loved his life this much, but she’s still putting her kids and Ben first (she’s an amazing support to him and always will be!11!).

      Say it just like that.

  18. CooCooCatchoo says:

    She looks like Patricia Heaton now.

  19. Elaine says:

    She looks much worse to me!!! Why do people do this to themselves?!?

  20. Wow she looks just like Jennifer Gray! Whatever she did I hope it’s temporary.

  21. Aeren says:

    Nose job and some fillers around the lip area.

  22. JanetFerber says:

    In the first two pics, she looks like Kate Beckinsale.

  23. Snazzy says:

    I’m not into the nutcracker ballet. The music is wonderful but the ballet itself is uninteresting.

  24. Mel says:

    This b is messing with her face again.

  25. Sparker says:

    It’s Hillary Swank, people! I know it’s been a while since she’s been in anything but here she is doing her best Jennifer Aniston impersonation…

  26. Nan says:

    It is the divorce.

  27. Pandy says:

    Fillers in her cheeks for sure. She doesn’t look like herself!

  28. themummy says:

    I actually think she got some filler in her cheeks and maybe a bit in some other facial areas. The shape of her face is different and she is usually quite angular (to the point of at times appearing a bit gaunt even). Here she is full and fleshy…quite plump in the face. Her face is very round all of a sudden. No judgments here (I’m 41 and have had “baby botox” four or so times since I was 36, no for sure no judgment here!), but I’m pretty sure she had a wee bit of filler. My dermatologist friend agrees (she works in a plastic surgeon’s office that mostly does cosmetic surgery as well as other basic procedures like fillers, botox, restylane, IPL, peels, etc.). I think she’s always been quite natural (?), but looks like she finally had a little something done. It’s more than hair color and bangs/no bangs. I think it will look better when it settles in a bit.

    • GL says:

      She’s put on weight, too. She had lost some while she was training for that bigoted Peppermint movie that she was doing, and then maintained that for awhile (hoping for a sequel? lol). Now though I think she has gained most of it back.

  29. Carolnr says:

    Looks like she had fun!!!
    Her dress was perfectly elegant for a night of ballet.
    She was there to support the ballet & her dress reflected that…she did not make the evening about her….

  30. TheStephInfection says:

    Much more space in her eyelid area than before…definitely had some work done.

  31. Kyra WEGMAN says:

    Her between the eyes is uncharacteristically unworried. That’s botox. And her upper lip too — something not distinctive any more. But happy. What a weird tradeoff.

  32. MrsBeast says:

    What on earth… she is not recognizable here. No hair or makeup changes would make her face THAT different. She had work done. Looks like eyes got done? Or maybe excessive botox? Yikes.

  33. CairinaCat says:

    She definitely got some work done.
    I watched camping and she had wrinkles, lines and her face moved well, so it was done after they finished filming. There were lots of close ups.

    I liked camping, I binged it and it was like a slow train wreck watching the relationships fall apart.
    I was there for David Tennant, my forever Doctor 😍😘

  34. Chris Tucker says:

    no plastic surgery. She has obviously been working out, she looks great. What changes her face is very simple – her side part. She used to part it on the left side, now it’s the right. No one’s face is symmetrical, so it looks different. Plus she’s lost what, about 250 pounds in the name of Ben? She’s happy.

  35. Kwill says:

    It’s odd because I would have assumed she done Botox or some other cosmetic surgery if I were going off of only the first picture alone. But in all the other shots she looks just exactly the same and like herself. So I’m going to guess it was just new styling and the angle.