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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 +. Lois was one of the founding editors of MORE magazine and its beauty and fashion director from 1997 to 2008. Her best-selling beauty book THE MAKEUP WAKEUP launched in 2011 and the fashion sequel THE WARDROBE WAKEUP launches December 2012. Lois lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and is the mother of two daughters and a Yorkie-Poo Louie.

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3 Makeovers For Your New ‘Old’ Hair

Posted on 12/12/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionEvery woman 50 + has a love/hate affair with her hair and a mental slide show of our greatest  hits and disasters. Mine includes the day I cut bangs (yay!), the week I went back to brunette on Monday and blonded up again on Friday (oy!) and the shag that puffed up into a frizzball (never again!) Like checking out photos of ex-es on Facebook, these images remind us not to look back but also not to give up. So …

Going Solo? A Fashion Editor’s 5 Travel Tips

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionMore single women 50-plus are traveling alone this winter season. Some prefer the easy package of a cruise or resort. Others head for adventure, exotic locales or the culture of a foreign city. Travel is always a challenge and safety is now an extra issue. We like feeling comfy and independent but polish gets us upgrades, service and assistance when required. After decades of schlepping around the world on photo shoots, I’ve let go of “excess baggage.” Five travel tricks …

3 Reasons To Love (and Trust) Med-Spas

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionThe newest neighborhood hangout isn’t a cozy coffee bar or a nail salon, but a hybrid day spa offering the hottest dermatological de-aging procedures in luxurious surroundings. As a beauty editor I’ve never really enjoyed the usual steaming, squeezing, exfoliating benefits of facials. I’m not even into massages and the whole wellness concept feels kind of hokey to me. After a day at a “sanctuary” my skin tended to look worse, my muscles ached and I longed for a cappuccino …

3 Best Eyeshadows for Women 50+

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionEye shadow palettes are our newest vice. They offer instant gratification, fun browsing with a de-aging bonus. Cosmetic company researchers spurred on by makeup artists and impressive sales numbers have realized our demo prefers multi-shade palettes to single shadows or duos. One great palette can enhance mature eyes quickly and effectively without a lot of additional products or decisions. But here’s the truth: some palettes won’t work for aging eyes (even surgically enhanced ones) due to inadequate shades, texture or …

7 Surprising Beauty Musts For Women 50+

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionNever a dull moment. Every day there’s a new beauty app or techie tool to fill a so-called void. Well, there’s a difference between availability and need. Do you really need an iPhone app that scans your moles, evaluating and tracking them, or one that alerts your frizz-prone hair to rain or humidity? Do you need a portable antimicrobial pad to germproof your pull-down tray on planes to do makeup before landing? OK, maybe you do, but I don’t. Seven …

Fresher Younger Eyes Stat! 5 Beauty Tricks to Know

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionSorry, friends, but statement specs, sunnies and readers are not stand-ins for eye cream and concealer. Treatment, makeup and glasses need to be in sync. That’s why beauty guru Bobbi Brown is launching an innovative eye wear collection with Safilo in February that includes optical frames, sunglasses and ready-made readers categorized by color and face shape. They are designed to brighten your skin tone,  subtly enhance it or go for major contrast and definition- just like you do with makeup. Bobbi’s …