Eva Mendes eats whatever she wants.

The 'Place Beyond the Pines' actress has confessed she doesn't ban herself from feasting on her favourite foods but instead eats them in ''moderation''.

She said: ''I think eating anything you want as long as it's in moderation is good.''

The 41-year-old star - who has a nine-month-old daughter Esmeralda with her long term partner Ryan Gosling - also has a fairly relaxed approach to exercise and refuses to go to the gym every day.

She explained: ''I do cardio and light weights at least three times a week.''

The brunette beauty then opened up about her beauty secrets, revealing she keeps her skin healthy by washing it with witch hazel and uses coconut oil as makeup remover.

Asked how she removes her makeup during a Facebook Q&A, she said: ''Coconut oil on a damp washcloth ... I'm also on the coconut oil bandwagon. I use it all over.''

She added: ''Drinking warm water and lemon every morning before my coffee and staying hydrated all day long really helps me stay healthy and helps my skin look its best.''

Eva also revealed a handy trick to help keep her makeup looking fresh all day long.

The '2 Fast 2 Furious' actress shared: ''Believe it or not, after I've applied my makeup, if I really want it to stay all day, I run the hot shower for a minute and I let the steam settle my makeup. I know it sounds weird but it works for me!''