A Spring Beauty Trend to Try: The No-Makeup Look

A beauty trend gaining traction on runways and magazine covers has spawned its own hashtag: #IWokeUpLikeThis. The “No-Makeup Look,” as it’s called, is quick and easy, and the results are very pretty. Yes, we’ve been through this before: The No-Makeup Look threatens to catch on every time Beyoncé or Gwyneth Instagrams a photo of herself sans powder or lipstick. Or when Dakota Johnson, the female star of Fifty Shades of Grey, graces the cover of Vogue looking as if she’s wearing …

I Should Wear More Red. You, Too?

I almost always wear black. It dresses up inexpensive basics, and it makes otherwise-edgy leather leggings and over-the-knee boots come off as classics. But now, having watched Viola Davis (below), Jane Fonda, Allison Janney and Christine Baranski sporting high-voltage reds at the Golden Globes, I’m suddenly feeling kind of drab. Red really does send an instant message, especially at 50. “I’ve got confidence and attitude,” it says, “so pay attention!” Here are three ways to release your inner diva without …

Power Color of the Month? Pink!

It may not be your favorite color. But won’t you consider wearing something pink — the color of health and hope — to get the word out that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Watching breast-cancer survivor Hoda Kotb’s recent interview with Joan Lunden, who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last June, reset my heart to January 2012, when I lost my dear best friend, Charla Krupp, to the disease. Indeed, every woman I know says her life has …

5 Things That Probably Look Better on Your Daughter

After 50, certain styles you once threw on with abandon should probably be abandoned. Too many women continue to sport outfits and makeup in midlife that would look much better on their daughters (or on other young women) than they do on them. But the cause may not be what you think: It has little to do with size and everything to do with elegance. So even though I often wear the same brand of jeans as my two teenage …

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 …

5 Lipsticks to Look Fresh and Pretty This Spring

One of the best ways to brighten your face is to dab a bit of color on your lips, even if you wear nothing else. While I usually don’t spend a lot of money on makeup, I’m willing to splurge on lipstick if it truly makes my face glow. The tricky part, though, is finding those shades that do just that. In her book, Beauty, boomer makeup entrepreneur Bobbi Brown suggests: “If I had to teach someone just one thing …