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Odds are on your good days, anyway—you feel younger than you look. (Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in a shop window and thought, "OMG, is that my mother?") The truth is, we're lucky to be getting older. But there's no reason it has to show.

The trick is to know the markers of youthfulness. Think of your favorite 5-year-old: "Big eyes, full lips and a luminous, unblemished complexion," says Robyn Gmyrek, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Contrast is another sign, says Chicago plastic surgeon Steven Dayan, MD. Rosy cheeks and lips, clear eyes fringed with dark lashes—they all make a face appear brighter and more attractive, he says. Even your eyeballs—your eyeballs!—reflect your vitality. One study showed that a distinct limbal ring (the outline around the iris, which can disappear over time) is more appealing than none in identical faces.

If you're interested in looking as great as you feel, read on!

Dress, Milly, $775. Earrings, Paige Novick. Necklace and bracelet, Sarah Magid Jewelry.