This Is What 56 Looks Like

Julie Bell, global marketing EVP for Benefit cosmetics, says giving back is key to aging well

As told to Alana Peden
Photograph: Ari Michelson

On her winsome Windy City
“I grew up in Chicago and am proud of my down-to-earth, Midwestern roots. The founders of Benefit, Jean and Jane Ford, are originally from the Midwest, too, and I think that’s one reason we are so in sync.”

On her speedy skin care
“I just use Benefit Total Moisture Cream plus It’s Potent! Eye Cream [$42, $34;].”

On helping others
“I go back to Chicago often because I have a sister there who is disabled and I’m her guardian. I do fund raising for her community, Little City, and I started the Howard Bell Recreation Fund, named for my father, which organizes outings for disabled seniors. My parents taught me to help those who are less fortunate.”

On the upside of fifty-something
“The thirties were about going after what I wanted, the forties were about juggling, but the fifties have been about enjoying the life I’ve worked so hard for.” 

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First published in the July/August 2014 issue

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