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Lois Joy Johnson


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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Style Knows No Size — or Age

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionAre 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

Posted on 08/14/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionFaced 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 …

5 Smart (and Womanly) Buys for Fall

Posted on 08/5/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionAm I the only one who witnessed Sharon Stone coming out this spring? Not sexually, mind you, but chronologically. Stone has been something of a refusenik when it comes to aging, so I smiled to myself when she told Shape magazine, “I’m not trying to make myself look like a girl because I’m not a girl anymore.” And I positively cheered when Stone went on to report that she’s “very happy” about being a grown woman: “I think there’s a …

Glasses Turn Grandmas Into Glam-mas

Posted on 07/30/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionWhat do granny panties and mom jeans have in common with eyeglasses? Until 2012, all three were items you’d rather don at home than in public. That’s the year Diane Keaton, Annette Bening, Demi Moore and a raft of other elderbabes started showing up in bold, black, geek-chic glasses that made them look sexy and smart. Boomeristas nationwide swarmed their local optician, and a trend was born. Rather than sporting the same old rimless or wire frames, everyone suddenly wanted …

Chin Up! It’s Time We Felt Good About Our Necks

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, …