“In 1976 we flipped a coin. Shwanika has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia Journalism School and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. Sephora exec Mary Beth Laughton joined Gap Inc. as president and CEO of its Athleta brand [Chain Store Age]. Their first product was a blush and lip tint called "Rose tint", now renamed "benetint". "Jean leaves behind a makeup dynasty, a legacy of creativity, and the belief that 'Laughter is the Best Cosmetic!' The caption accompanied eight photos that captured Jean's spirit, including a beautiful headshot and several pictures with Jane spanning several decades. The Hollywood Reporter is part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. Fleischer joins the company from Netflix, where she was head of global consumer products.

We were so excited. Jean’s daughters work as Benefit’s chief beauty ambassadors. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast.

“Every day we would go out on audition after audition and get turned away,” said Jean in a 2011 interview with Marin Magazine.
© 2020 The Hollywood Reporter She was 71. With the money from that ad campaign, the sisters decided to try their luck out west. She truly believed when you make someone look good and feel good, they will be good…, “She was the best woman I will ever know.”, Register here for the beauty industry's premiere online news service. © 2020 Condé Nast. She is survived by her identical twin and Benefit co-founder, Jane Ford; her daughters Maggie Ford Danielson and Ann Ford Danielson; and four grandchildren. The founders are twin sisters from Indiana, Jane Ford (far left) and Jean Ford (far right.) To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. '", Twin sisters Jean and Jane, who both stood at 6-foot-1, originally moved to New York City to pursue modeling after completing their studies at Indiana University. Sisters Jane and Jean set up ‘The Face Place’ in 1976, in San Francisco.
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Since Benefit's opening, the company has branched out their products to skin care, eyes/face/lip cosmetics, fragrances, and accessories. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. This weekend, legendary Benefit Cosmetics co-founder Jean Ann Ford passed away at 71. Makeup was her conduit for connection. Benefit Cosmetics LLC is a manufacturer of cosmetics founded and headquartered in San Francisco, California selling at over 2,000 counters in more than 30 countries. [3] The Face Place later moved to Kearny Street in downtown San Francisco in the 1980s, and with the move came the debut of their original lip-plumping product, lip plump. She was 71. Founder: Jean and Jane Ford: Headquarters: San Francisco, United States. “Our big break came two years later when we booked a series of national commercials for Calgon bath beads. She was previously a reporter with the Los Angeles Business Journal, covering manufacturing and trade. The pair sold a controlling stake in the brand to LVMH in 1999, and later sold the rest of their shares and exited the brand in 2012. [9] The "Hoola Matte Bronzer" has been given much recognition, including being on the list of Top 10 Best Bronzers of 2018 and named the most sold bronzer in Britain by Vogue. Related: Model with Down Syndrome becomes the new brand ambassador for Benefit. Since then the sisters have created numerous innovative products with its famous bold and quirky packaging and marketing materials. Jean Ann Ford, the cosmetics guru who co-founded Benefit Cosmetics with her sister, Jane, and spearheaded its popularity among Hollywood stars, has died. Shwanika Narayan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: shwanika.narayan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @shwanika. Worldwide [1] Parent: LVMH: Website: benefitcosmetics.com: Benefit Cosmetics LLC is a manufacturer of cosmetics founded and headquartered in San Francisco, California selling at over 2,000 counters in more than 30 countries. Shwanika Narayan is a business reporter at The San Francisco Chronicle, covering the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on small business, retail, and the sector's workforce. Soon after, the Benefit Cosmetics product website was launched. In the late 1970s, their small enterprise would turn into a cult classic thanks to an exotic dancer called Rosie, who strolled in one day and asked for a solution for a very specific problem. Today Benefit is distributed in over 45 countries and “shapes over five million eyebrows every year”.

Fry’s Electronics closes Campbell store, shrinking Bay Area presence, San Francisco’s small businesses, struggling amid pandemic, to get more financial help, Gap draws backlash with election-themed ad, Calm app gets laughs with TV ad, No more natural gas in new San Francisco buildings starting next year, Bay Area coronavirus surge could mean a huge reopening reversal as soon as next week, Coronavirus live updates: California reaches ‘uncontrolled spread’ level for infection, San Francisco pauses indoor dining and school reopenings. Initially founded as a beauty boutique, the shop specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. In 1999 they sold the majority of Benefit to LVMH but stayed with the company until 2012 when LVMH bought the remaining share. Contra Costa, Santa Cruz counties slide backward to more restrictive tiers, California joins most of U.S. in ‘uncontrolled’ coronavirus spread, Proposition 15, California’s sweeping property tax reform, defeated, San Francisco shuts down indoor dining at restaurants, Facebook expands again in Fremont as big tech lifts real estate market, Biden’s tech ambivalence may be a relief for Silicon Valley. Benefit cosmetics opened a new 1,300 square foot West Coast flagship store on Sutter Street in July, the company's first new boutique in San Francisco in 25 years. We got our first Benefit Cosmetics here in Ireland in 2007. EMAIL ME. Jean (l to r) and Jane Ford, founders of Benefit Cosmetics, are seen at the Benefit Cosmetics Global Headquarters on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif. Jean and Jane Ford, twin sisters from Indiana, were models who moved to San Francisco and set up a makeup store in the Mission District, which grew into Benefits Cosmetics, a multimillion dollar company which sells worldwide.

After they attended Indiana University, the two later appeared in commercials for Calgon bath products before moving to San Francisco.[2]. Jean Ann Ford, who co-founded Benefit Cosmetics empire as a shop in the Mission, dies. shown at the HQ's. Both Jean and Jane stayed with the company until 2012. "What an unbelievable woman," she wrote, "Along with Jane, she created the best beauty company in the world. “She said to me once, ‘A Benefit product is like a mystery, and you have to buy the product to figure out the answer.’ She loved the art of the smile.”, Ford is credited as being the quirky, creative mind behind the brand, often coming up with the fun names and stories around Benefit’s products, including Boi-Ing, an industrial-strength concealer, and Hoola, a matte bronzer where one can “skip the tanning bed, avoid orange hands and still look sun-kissed on a cloudy day.”. Notes or flowers can be sent to Maggie and Ann Danielson’s attention at Benefit Cosmetics, 225 Bush St., 20th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104. She was 71. Terms of Use |