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."

Age Is the New Accessory

From Lily Tomlin to Caitlyn Jenner, age is suddenly the rage: Women with a past are fall’s hottest trend. Want proof? The 702-page September issue of Harper’s Bazaar features Lauren Hutton, 71, as a model; Oprah Winfrey, 61, as Glinda the Good Witch; Sharon Stone, 57, in a tell-all — and show-all — Q-and-A on her current life; and Grace Jones, 67, yakking about her first orgasm. Get the latest tips on staying healthy — AARP Health Newsletter » Even better, …

Girl Meets Guy Meets Glam

Gender-blending is nothing new for older women: Tailored pantsuits? Been there. Boyfriend jackets? Done those. These days, when an age-50-plus woman is not wearing a dress, you’re apt to find her in leggings or jeans, accented by a boyish leather motorcycle jacket or baseball cap. This fall, the spotlight on LGBT rights will inspire even more “Girl Meets Guy Meets Glam” fashion. If you’re thinking of shaking up your closet, here’s how: If you love a good blazer. Remember when …

Makeup Secrets From Bobbi Brown

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown, 58, has served as chief creative officer of her eponymous beauty brand since the 1990s, but success hasn’t changed her one bit. The dynamo who launched the “natural makeup” trend with 10 lipsticks in 1991 is still practical, down-to-earth and constantly tweaking her basic philosophy. If it sometimes seems like I’ve been following Brown’s makeup advice for more than a decade now, it’s only because, well, I have! So when I got the chance to work …

50+ Celebs: Just Like You and Me(ish!)

Stop turning green when you look at photos of famous people! They have the same — OK, almost the same — body flaws, sun-damaged skin, skimpy hair and anxieties about looking good that we do. And who am I to talk? Well, from 1997 to 2008 I served as the beauty and fashion director of MORE magazine, a gig that introduced me to a British supermodel world-famous for her stick figure in the 1960s. Now it was 1999, the global …

Find Your Best Fall Handbag

Call me a lazy schlepper, but all I ask from a handbag is that it carry everything I own, with nary a hitch or switch. The alternative — constantly dumping my infinite number of essentials and repacking them in various totes — is too horrific to contemplate. It’s also impractical, given my growing list of tech device take-alongs — iThis, iThat, Fitbits, noise-blocking headphones — and such new “must” items as bottles of hand sanitizer and extra pairs of glasses …

5 Steps to Cure Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder

I once had a dirty little secret. No, it wasn’t an online flirtation, a crush on actor Mark Rylance (that’s common knowledge) or a tendency for midnight fridge raids. It was a brief problem with BPSD, aka Binge-and-Purge Shopping Disorder, and it’s why online retailers such as Amazon, Target, Sephora and Beauty.com are such a success. Women 50 and older are the biggest buyers of online beauty and fashion. Buy, try, return, repeat is a familiar but addictive habit. The revolving door …