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."

5 Tired Trends Finally Bid ‘Buh-bye!’

I love being an “early adopter” of new style and beauty trends. For the novelty, sure, but mainly for the utility: It makes me feel useful when I get a chance to weed out the nonstarters for my posse of age-50+ girlfriends — and that includes you! But let’s be clear: I’m not all that cool, and I don’t fall in love with the newest vogue simply because some PR person urges it on me or because the media maven …

I Should Wear More Red. You, Too?

I almost always wear black. It dresses up inexpensive basics, and it makes otherwise-edgy leather leggings and over-the-knee boots come off as classics. But now, having watched Viola Davis (below), Jane Fonda, Allison Janney and Christine Baranski sporting high-voltage reds at the Golden Globes, I’m suddenly feeling kind of drab. Red really does send an instant message, especially at 50. “I’ve got confidence and attitude,” it says, “so pay attention!” Make resolutions with staying power! Sign up for our free …

And the Beauty Award Goes to…

Love to gawk at award shows? Me too. But watching the Golden Globes Sunday night, I longed for those mic-toting yentas on the red carpet to ask some beauty questions for a change. Whereas award-season fashions can seem light years away — honestly, how many of us rush out to buy Gucci gowns the next day? — makeup is something most women can relate to. So celebrity interviewers, please accept my suggested question list (you’re welcome!) for the Oscars five …

Wanted: Members for My ‘Not-Ready-for-Botox’ Club

I’m launching a new support group for 2015: a clan of women who will resist the urge to freeze and fill every nook and cranny with a syringe of neurotoxin or filler. Want in? If nothing else, it’ll save you some serious coin. But how do you decide which serums and creams come closest to performing “low-cost Botox”? As a beauty editor, I’m accustomed to fielding all sorts of boasts from cosmetic-company insiders. But I have to admit I put …

7 New Year’s Beauty Promises — to Yourself!

“New year, new you.” Does anyone buy that predictable January tagline besides magazine editors and morning talk-show producers? In my experience it leads to some truly regrettable makeovers — the kind that prompt most of us to respond, “Ugh!” or even “Unbelievable!” In the real world, meanwhile, most of us make vows in our heads to begin a diet or a workout routine. To start wearing sunscreen each day without fail. To finally — finally! — get that skin-cancer check. …

Get a Cold—and Look Great With It!

I’m not germophobic — well, not clinically so — but weeks of Ebola scares have me stashing hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes in every handbag I own. When I found myself  trapped recently on a New York subway car — hip to jowl with a crush of snifflers, coughers and sneezers — I suppose it was inevitable that I would come down with a nasty head cold of my own. And so I did. The hitch? This was just days …