This Is What 50 Looks Like

Makeup artist Marie Josee Lafontaine shares some surprising secrets about aging well

by Nikki Ostasiewski
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Marie Josee Lafontaine
Photograph: Rainer Hosch

On life as a makeup artist
“In the beginning of my career, I lived out of a suitcase and worked in TV and movies. Now my clients are New York fashion and beauty companies—and I am able to stay in one place.”
 

On embracing her gray
“Five years ago, I gave up coloring. Women constantly stop me and say, ‘I wish I had the nerve to do that.’ Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo [$8; sallybeauty.com] keeps it bright.”
 

On daily makeup maintenance 
“I always wear makeup. I skipped it occasionally when I was younger, but now I feel better if I have it on. My go-tos: Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil [$20; sephora.com], Clinique High Impact Mascara [$15; clinique.com] and Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation [$72; chantecaille.com].”
 

On her midlife mantra 
“It’s OK to be the oldest person in the room. My anti-aging secret is to stop fighting it. And keep working! I’ve been at it since I turned 18, and I have no plans to quit anytime soon. My job gives me both a sense of value and pride.”
 

-As told to Nikki Ostasiewski

 

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First published in the July/August 2012 issue

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