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."

Is Going Gray for You? 5 Ways to Tell

Every woman age 50-plus who colors her hair is thinking about going gray. Maybe it’s all the parade of steely icons like Jamie Lee Curtis, Helen Mirren, Christine Lagarde and Glenn Close. Maybe it’s those annoying online slideshows of fabulous mature women gone gray. Either way, they’re seriously psyching us up. But let’s get real. The former are rich, famous and polished to perfection by beauty pros and designer duds. The latter are either black-and-white photos (with Photoshop help), creative …

4 Tips to Staying Ageless and Active From a Supermodel

Former supermodel Dayle Haddon (now a mom and grandmother!) is no stranger to adversity. Widowed unexpectedly at 38, she went from being a Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar cover girl to an office receptionist to pay the bills. In the early ’90s as the de-aging trend caught fire, Dayle pitched her maturing face to Estee Lauder and L’Oreal Paris. She launched her career comeback, but it wasn’t all about beauty. As an ambassador for UNICEF and Free The Children and founder of …

Diane Keaton Has 7 Ways to Age With Attitude

Diane Keaton’s new memoir, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty (Random House), is like reading your best friend’s diary. Provided your BFF is a famously funny actress, of course. Up close, I found out when I interviewed the 68-year-old star in New York City last week, Keaton, a L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel, is attractive, scarily smart and a complex mix of confident and quirky. I scrambled to keep pace as she covered all sorts of fashion and beauty topics related to …

Fashion Watch: Now, It’s All About the Dress

On Monday in New York City, First Lady Michelle Obama cut the ribbon to open the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both Obama and Wintour wore dresses. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is: Dresses have almost completely replaced suits as the go-to fashion solution for most work/life situations, even for heads of state and CEOs. (Here’s hoping Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton catch on soon!) Dresses are showing up in …

7 Ways to Be a Skin Cancer Warrior

By age 50 most women have experienced some form of sun damage – and many have been through the ordeal of skin cancer. That’s why L’Oreal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance have teamed up to launch the It’s THAT Worth It Thunderclap online initiative (itsthatworthit.org). For each person who signs up on the site by 5 p.m. ET on May 20 and shares melanoma prevention information with friends, L’Oreal Paris will make a $1 donation to melanoma research. For …

12 Mother’s Day Scents for Deserving Divas

Coco Chanel once said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it’s a great excuse to start spritzing: Every 50-plus woman I know has a to-do list at least a decade long. And with Mother’s Day fast approaching, now seems the perfect time to rejuvenate the senses of any marvelous moms in your life (including yourself!) with the gift of a new fragrance. Here are my picks of the best …