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."

3 Smart Reasons for a Makeup Splurge

What’s your favorite cure for “The Blahs”? Mine’s the beauty binge — and apparently I’m not alone: In 2013, women 50 and older comforted themselves with $4 trillion worth of beauty indulgences. That statistic confirms what I’ve long suspected: Shopping for cosmetics is like having a brief and wild love affair — with no complications. And let’s face it: Some especially virulent cases of “I feel fat/old/stressed out” moping — even though you and I both know they are utterly …

What Joan Rivers Taught Me at Tea

You don’t say no to Joan Rivers when she calls to ask, “Can we talk?” In 2000 the queen of scream — screamingly funny one-liners, that is — invited me to tea at her Versailles-like New York City apartment to talk about her latest QVC fashion line. Expecting to meet the Rasputin of the Red Carpet, instead I was greeted at the door by an elegantly dressed, soft-spoken blonde with a strong New Yawk accent. In person, you see, Joan …

Cut Your Hair, Already!

You know that change is in the air when even the young and the restless start saying “Buh-bye!” to long hair. The last time a tonsorial trend this major swept through, we all ended up with Meg Ryan shags. But if there’s one thing the recent Emmy awards show proved, it’s that bobs have snatched the spotlight: Julie Bowen, Kristen Wiig (right) and Julianne Hough went with textured bobs, while Christine Baranski and Jodie Foster rocked classic smoothies with a …

The Better-Than-Botox Smile

My smile has stayed largely the same over the years — think dimples and skinny lips — but age and a bajillion cups of tea have undeniably stained and diminished the effect. Fortunately, my husband is a cosmetic dentist, and his care has improved my smile and brightened my teeth. (At breaking my caffeine addiction, however, he seems powerless.) Kourosh Maddahi, a Beverly Hills dentist and the author of Anti-Aging Dentistry, believes “de-aging your smile” to be a better solution …

Style Knows No Size – or Age

Are boomer babes having a “Confidence Crisis”? I ask you that because it seems like we’re not so in love with our bodies these days. Even the peppiest kale-munching yoga practitioner among us can be heard whining about her saggy boobs, loose thighs and tummy bulge. And whether you’re a size 4 or 14, shopping for fall clothes only amplifies the angst. So before you take refuge in that security blanket known as “Old Sweatpants and a Big Tee,” try …

3 Ways to Get Better Skin by Tomorrow

Faced with lines, saggy skin and brown spots (that weren’t there in May!), we’re already online searching for the new Holy Grail of wrinkle treatments. Unfortunately, any de-aging product covers its tush with a claim of  “visible results in four weeks.” Who can wait that long? Driven by the urge for immediate gratification, we either give up on the new stuff in a week and go back to our old ways or hurl ourselves into the arms of a good cosmetic dermatologist and his …