Eva Mendes on Shape Magazine April 2017 Issue
The Cuban-American actress is on the cover of Shape magazine’s April 2017 issue, and in the interview, she’s opening up about balancing her life as a new mom of two. “What people don’t know about me is that I love being home. Instead of hitting the red carpet, I’d rather be with our girls,” Eva said about staying home with 2-year-old Esmeralda and 10-month-old Amada.
On getting back in shape postpregnancy: “In some ways, it’s been more challenging to get back in shape after my second daughter. Yet it’s not as hard as I thought it would be, because I’m always running around with the kids. I never sit down — I’m on the move all day. And I don’t keep junk food at home anymore, because I’m trying to set a good example. So there are no more Krispy Kremes for me to grab. But there is this app called Postmates that delivers whatever you want in minutes. It’s almost as bad as having the food in your kitchen. Don’t laugh, but they’re on the way here right now!”
On her daily eats: “I usually start my day with eggs. I think they’re like magic — you can do so much with them. I mostly keep it simple and have scrambled eggs and a piece of Ezekiel toast for breakfast . . . I grew up eating rice and beans, so I want some kind of grain in every meal. For lunch, I usually have salmon and rice or quinoa, and I try to include a salad. I’ll eat the same thing for dinner. I’m a creature of habit in that way. I don’t get bored with food. I try to think about it as fuel for my body. But what I am looking forward to the time when dinner becomes a sit-down situation again. Right now I’m in survival mode with two babies, eating on the go.”
On her favorite treats: “The mini [Cadbury eggs] and the big ones with the filling . . . [And] my mom makes the best black beans in the world. I’ll never stop devouring them.”
On her tips for 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.”
On her beauty routine: “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.”