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JoAnna Garcia-Swisher Gets Real About Beauty

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As a celebrity ambassador for The Mary Kay Inspiring Stories collaborative film project, it was JoAnna Garcia-Swisher‘s inner beauty that compelled her to unveil the truth about domestic violence. “Domestic violence affects one in four women nationwide,” she tells PEOPLE during a break from filming. “The statistics are staggering; it chooses no race, color or gender.”

And like many women, Garcia-Swisher’s daily routine, which now includes Mary Kay’s “Beauty That Counts” lipsticks, runs the gamut from budget to must-have to aspirational. Crediting her youthful glow to Clinique’s All About Eyes serum ($26), (“I swear to god it’s like an eyelift”), she also admits to the occasional splurge. “It is my favorite scent,” she says of Clive Christian X perfume, which comes with a price tag of $335. “It is a little pricey,” she admits, “but I am so lucky to get to try all types of beauty products.”

And despite her luxurious mane, which she recently graduated from trademark scarlet back to her natural blonde, some trends elude even the most “fearless” of beauty testers. “I don’t think I could pull off the feather in my hair,” she laughs of the summer’s celeb-loved hair accessory. And also like most women, her eyes sometimes outsize her, um, assets. “I would love to know what it feels like to have big boobs,” she confesses airily, “just for a day.”

For more information on the Mary Kay Inspiring Stories project, click here.

Justine Harman