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."

7 Ways to Look Younger, Thinner, Sexier – Fast!

What if I told you doing just ONE thing could instantly improve your appearance? Most women think a makeover requires a major head-to-toe transformation. Often just a single DIY switch to a new product or an updated wardrobe basic makes all the difference. Here are my top 7 ideas: 1. LET A TINTED GRADUAL SELF-TANNER LIBERATE YOUR BODY. Want to free your arms and legs from cardigans and pants this season? Bumping up your skin tone one notch to a …

5 Retro Fashion and Beauty Trends Return for Spring

In beauty and fashion, everything eventually comes back – but never the same way. Fresh details and an updated attitude make the difference. Before you say “been there, done that,” check out these five new-again trends. Each provides a de-stressing fix that’ll make spring and summer 2014 a breeze. COMFY JEANS. No, not “mom” jeans! I mean the new slim boyfriend jeans, pared down from the baggy originals with the same a-a-ah factor but with a feminine fit. Look for …

5 Beauty Antidotes for Red Itchy Skin

April is prime rash season for those of us with rosacea, atopic dermatitis (a prevalent form of eczema) or chronic itching. It’s also National Rosacea Awareness Month and National Stress Awareness Month – an ironic duo since a red blotchy face and scaly body patches are total anxiety boosters. Aside from the extreme physical discomfort, there’s the visible issue of irritated skin to deal with on top of all our other aging woes. Here’s how to stay calm and carry …

5 Secrets of a 50+ Beauty Industry Executive

Andrea Q. Robinson is a beauty industry legend and one of my mentors. She revolutionized makeup by creating The Nakeds by Ultima II for Revlon back in the ’80s. Until then “neutrals” didn’t exist (not even Bobbi Brown!). In her new memoir Toss The Gloss-Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths For Women 50+ ($17.67,amazon.com), Andrea, a former Vogue beauty editor who has also been president of Ralph Lauren Beauty, president of Tom Ford Beauty and chief marketing officer at Estee Lauder (see …

Is Your Bra Aging You? Here’s How to Tell

Stop trying to fit your 32F chest into your old 34B bras! At 50 your body has moved on, and so have your breasts. Even after an in-store professional bra fitter diagnosis, we’re skeptical. The truth is that mature breasts vary a lot in shape, fullness, proportions, position and spacing, even though thousands of women may wear the same bra size. Here’s how to choose: IF YOUR BRA AND BREASTS SAG: The band or cups may be too big. Lots …

How to Age-Proof Your Hair

Didier Malige may not be a household name, but to top fashion designers, editors, models and celebs, he’s king. (Or should I say Le Roi of Hair?) The charming Frenchman is also the live-in amour of Grace Coddington, Vogue’s flame-maned, gutsy creative director. Grace’s wild red cloud of hair accents her chic black wardrobe with wit and a pop of color. But what about everyday grownup babes who shop Target not couture? Didier has some unexpected tips for us, too. …