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."

Wear a 1970s Look — at 50

What makes us orgasmically nostalgic — or is it nostalgically orgasmic? — whenever an oldie but goodie pops up as a “new” trend? This whole 1970s bohemian thing, for example: It gets my bateau bobbing because I’m still 35 — and holding! — in the fashion part of my brain. Are you concerned that a ’70s look might not be “age-appropriate” for you? Well, get over it, sez I, and then get on board: Staying relevant and looking contemporary may …

Debi Mazar on Beauty, Diet and Life at 50

“Glamorous” and “gritty” may not go together naturally, but they seem like perfectly paired adjectives when it comes to describing actress, mother, wife, chef and all-around workaholic Debi Mazar (below), who turned 50 in August. When I caught up with Mazar last Wednesday, the Queens native was a blur of speech and motion. She was taking a rare break between gigs, which lately have included shooting a hit Cooking Channel show (Extra Virgin, created with her husband, Gabriele Corcos); starring …

Blondaholics, Unite!

Recently I spent an afternoon at the L’Oréal Paris Tech Center on Fifth Avenue in New York, watching a Diane Keaton video and learning about the company’s new “home hair color” for women over 50. To my surprise, Keaton — who “came out” as gray last year — looked blonder than ever. As she told the camera, “We can grow old gracefully or gorgeously — I pick both.” As something of a blondaholic myself, I second that emotion. Yes, this …

Christie Brinkley’s Beauty Secrets

We may not have looked like Christie Brinkley (right) when we were 25, but now that the supermodel is 61 … … OK, we still don’t look like her! But here’s the weird thing: Christie Brinkley still feels like — and strikes me as — “just one of the girls.” Not a trace of supermodel attitude. I met up with my old glam chum last week when the ultimate Golden Girl brought out a new skin-care line, Christie Brinkley Authentic …

Eileen Fisher and Epsom Salts Changed My Life

Maybe it’s that the news has become an everyday nightmare, but lately I’ve been yearning for a little peace and quiet. So I was happy to walk into an Eileen Fisher store this week and find my island of calm: Quiet colors. Soft, easy throw-on clothes. And no high-pressure salespeople pushing me to buy. You and I can’t turn off world events. And we probably can’t untangle the complex politics that spark so much strife. But we can seek solace …

Biggest Fashion Statement of 2015 Oscars? Understatement!

Did you notice that the biggest fashion statement at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony was understatement? No matter her age, almost every woman walking the red carpet looked respectable, not racy. Even Lady Gaga! We may not have been invited to the 87th annual Academy Awards, but we boomerettes still have to attend our fair share of parties, weddings and other celebrations in a typical year. As you plan what to wear to those, consider what I learned during Sunday night’s …