Beauty

Lois Joy Johnson is an award-winning beauty and style editor known for her down to earth accessible reporting and advice for women 50 +. She was a founding editor of MORE magazine and its beauty and fashion director from 1997 to 2008. She wrote "The Makeup Wakeup" and "The Wardrobe Wakeup."

Death by Dye: How I Tamed Blondzilla

It was death by dye: Six years ago, I innocently added a few caramel streaks to my brunette locks and got hooked on hair color. Before long, I was a double-process blonde. About a year ago, however, my hair began to look like a groomed haystack on good hair days and yellow cotton candy on bad ones. In other words, it had become super-damaged. Last month in Paris came the final straw: My blond mane simply snapped off in chunks, …

5 Fast Eyebrow Fixes

From last winter to this July, I grew out my bangs — and was appalled to discover “what lies beneath”: misshapen eyebrows of multiple colors, missing tails and long, wiry hairs boinging this way and that. Brow makeup, which I loathe (and had successfully avoided until that moment), suddenly became a daily necessity. Indeed, some onlookers suggested even more extreme measures: A makeup-artist chum, for example, recommended I get permanent brow tattoos. No way! Enter the $50K Picture Your Retirement …

Fashion Lessons From Donna Karan

No prima donna, that Donna Karan. By closing shop at age 66 — Karan announced last week that she’s relinquishing her daily duties as chief designer of her namesake company — the visionary is stepping away from the world of fashion with her style legacy intact and her bared shoulders held high. Thanks to her shapely 1980s power suits and draped skirts, we finally stopped kvetching about our weight and learned to love fashion. Karan — no size 2 herself …

5 Fashion Fireworks for July Fourth

I live in suburbia — home to barbecues and book clubs, malls and multiplexes, country clubs, cul-de-sacs and Costcos the size of Connecticut. The occupants of those precincts will be out in force this Saturday, as SUVs all over town disgorge 50-plus types eager to communally celebrate our national birthday. (Cause to feel festive: We’re only 239 years old!) Whether you’re an empty nester, a “Glam-ma” or a dating divorcee rocking ankle tattoos, statement glasses and a monster-size handbag, you …

Here Comes the Bride — What, Again?!

Getting married for the second or third time at 50, we shimmy down the aisle with attitude. Farewell, big white fairy-tale gowns! So long, uptight updos — and any and all rules about what’s “appropriate.” I tied knot No. 3 at Town Hall in a silver-sequined pencil skirt and an ivory cashmere top. It was June 2005, and I was doing everything in my power to ignore a major makeup meltdown and some industrial-strength hot flashes in progress. (It was …

How to Build a Better Dad

Three marriages — and lots of “empirical dating research” in between — have led me to a conclusion or two about men. OK, make that five conclusions. Not about men in general, but about 50-plus fathers in particular, whom I’ve taxonomized below. With the approach of Father’s Day on June 21— the year’s best opportunity for you to help any pater in your familias deal with age, weight and vanity issues — it’s time to leave the socks-and-tie gifts behind …