Ben Affleck — Smoother than Ever

0228-ben-affleck-akm-gsiBen Affleck“s smooth mug surfaced Thursday … the first time since shaving his career-defining beard Sunday night at an Oscars after-party.

With some scruff starting to grow back, the 40-year-old rocked a 5 o”clock shadow as he arrived for a TED conference in Long Beach on Thursday.

our sources broke the story — one of the first things Ben did after “Argo” won Best Picture was take a razor to his critically-acclaimed beard in the bathroom hallway at Craig”s restaurant.

Now he really is as slick as everybody says.