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.”

Wear a 1970s Look — at 50

What makes us orgasmically nostalgic — or is it nostalgically orgasmic? — whenever an oldie but goodie pops up as a “new” trend? This whole 1970s bohemian thing, for example: It gets my bateau bobbing because I’m still 35 — and holding! — in the fashion part of my brain. Are you concerned that a ’70s look might not be “age-appropriate” for you? Well, get over it, sez I, and then get on board: Staying relevant and looking contemporary may …

The New Black: Blue and Pink?!

And the award for color of the year goes to … rose quartz and serenity?!? When the Pantone Color Institute announced last week that those two hues — a pale pink and a light blue — would be 2016’s colors of the year, my reaction quickly morphed from snark to acceptance. The snark: Frankly, my dear, my closet and I are not about to pivot from confident neutrals to passive pastels. Get discounts on prescriptions, health exams, eye care and …

Are Girlfriends the Best Gift of All?

“Cyber Monday” may have come and gone, but sales-alert season is just getting started. So how can you keep your credit cards from lapsing into a coma by New Year’s Day? Prioritize, girlfriend! Or, if you’re like me, rephrase that to “make your girlfriends a priority.” They’ve been with you through thick and thin — which I define as kids and careers, dating and divorce — so they deserve to be at the top of your gift list (and mine). …

Look Like a Star for the Holidays

Here’s a ratio that prevails at far too many holiday parties: 99 percent vanity, 1 percent fun. Well, what did I expect? ’Tis the season for obsessing about extra pounds, flab, wrinkles, brown spots, dingy teeth and thinning hair — not only mine but those of the people I hold dear (or simply happen to be near). My voyeuristic proclivities, fanned by 30-plus years as a beauty editor, turn every kiss and hug into a chance to surreptitiously look and …

Leave Turkey Neck to the Birds

When I’m not snapping the loose skin of my inner elbows or watching my upper arms jiggle in a sleeveless dress, you might find me anxiously scrutinizing my profile in my car’s rearview mirror. (Don’t worry — I pull over first.) Yes, Tech Neck — formerly known as Turkey-Wattle Syndrome — has struck. Its cause: Looking down all day long at that stupid screen that has taken over your life, doubling your chins and turning the skin on your neck …

Makeup Tips for Scrooges

Fed up with “holiday” promotions, “special” makeup kits and “limited edition” shades? I know I am, especially given that it’s barely mid-November. But the party push is on, and my neighborhood drugstore displays are changing faster than a Carrie Mathison mood swing on Homeland. Call it seasonal denial disorder, but I refuse to indulge in even the most muted shopping spree until Dec. 1. Until then, I intend to make the most of the beauty products I already have on …