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Lois Joy Johnson

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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."

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Chin Up ! De-Aging Your Neck is Easy.

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionI rescued my neck from the aging-lady shelter five years ago. Now, after years of neglect — no sunscreen, only occasional swipes of moisturizer — “she” appears to be responding well to treatment. Thanks to her, I can literally and figuratively hold my head high. If you’re anything like me — a “late-neck-care boomer” — then chicken skin, wattles and age spots on your once-swanlike stalk may be driving you nuts. Do you look in the mirror and re-create what used to be by pulling …

My Lunch With Eileen Ford

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionI was at my desk at Ladies’ Home Journal one spring morning in 1996 when the phone rang. “It’s Eileen Ford,” said a cultured voice. “I’d like to take you to lunch.” At first I thought it was my office assistant, playing a practical joke. Why would the godmother of the supermodel (who died July 9 at 92) be calling me? As a young editorial assistant, I had done photo shoots with some of Ford’s top discoveries — Cheryl Tiegs, …

Eye-Makeup Tricks in 5 Minutes

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionTake off your sunglasses. Stop dreaming of an eye-lift. And for God’s sake, get over your “too messy, too difficult, too time-consuming” excuses for skipping shadow and liner. Eye makeup is going to be your new best friend. Yes, we older babes generally do not have surgically sculpted celebrity peepers. Ours are naturally aged — and often “embellished” with lined or sagging lids. But giving up is not in a boomer’s DNA, so give my five-step solution for tired eyes a …

How to Style Up Hearing Aids !

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy hearing loss was gradual, hereditary and profound. And I denied it was happening every step of the way. Though I was only 60 years old, I would replay key scenes in Netflix episodes, max out the volume on SiriusXM radio and fudge my way through conversations on the phone, at parties and in noisy restaurants. Finally I faced reality and got my ears checked by a doctor, then grudgingly went to see an audiologist about getting hearing aids. But …

Oh, Grow Up! Four Ways to Fight Ageism

Posted on 07/1/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionFuming fashionistas and bitter beauties, I feel your pain. Yes, it’s 2014 and ageism continues to plague the fashion industry. Older women may be driving much of today’s growth in social media and online shopping, but I dare you to find a single model who resembles us on any major retail site. (We do pop up in commercials and ads for sexual dysfunction, diets, probiotics and luxury cruises — big whoop!) A few forward-looking companies are bucking the trend. So …

How to Be a Sexy Grandma at the Beach

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionMy daughter was horrified and my grandsons hysterical when Glam-ma Lo (me) showed up for a swim at the pool in a bikini: “Mom! Are you kidding?” “Glam! You look like Miley Cyrus!” I thought Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Williams and Jessica Lange had sexed up grannyhood to the point where anything goes, but apparently France remains the only place on the planet where it’s OK for grandmothers to bare a little boob or tush. If you, too, have felt the …