Benefit Co-Founder Jean Ann Ford Dies at Age 71

In spite of the fact that it has been nearly seven years since Jean Ann Ford and her sister, Jane, left the rudder of the company they founded in 1976, the twins’ names and faces are always associated with the adored Benefit Cosmetics. Furthermore, today, the brand reported that the apparently always-smiling Jean has passed away at age 71 after a battle with cancer.

“It is with great sadness we share that our beloved co-founder, Jean Ann Ford, has passed away,” the brand posted in a caption on Instagram. “Jean leaves behind a makeup dynasty, a legacy of creativity, and the belief that ‘Laughter is the Best Cosmetic!’ Jean’s daughters @maggiefd and @anniefd, know that their mother’s sharp creativity and bad ass spirit will live on in Benefit customers around the world.” The caption accompanied eight photos that captured Jean’s spirit, including a beautiful headshot and several pictures with Jane spanning several decades.

Advantage’s head makeup artist, Lisa Potter-Dixon, left a genuine comment that definitely captures the sentiment of so many who knew Jean. “What an unbelievable woman,” she wrote, “Along with Jane, she created the best beauty company in the world. No different has engaged the as many of lady as Benefit, the first woman as Benefit, the original company to create a ‘feeling’ in stead of just a ‘look,’ For that I will be forever grateful.”