Ah yes, glorious motherhood. The irreplaceable time of a woman’s path when she receives the chance to thoughtfully guide her child through the unending ebb and flow of life. Along with this supreme gift, however, come sleepless nights, once-chic blouses now covered in smudgy fingerprints, and weekday mornings filled with children’s cartoons instead of an indoor cycling class. You might now oftentimes ask yourself, how do those “hot” moms do it? How do they manage to look put together even though they have a brood of kids in tow?
If you find yourself mulling over that question on a regular basis, this slideshow is for you. Just because you’re absolutely exhausted doesn’t mean you have to look a frumpy mess. Click through to find out quick and easy ways to help you feel more put together and stylish. Now you can show off to your hubby who the new hot mom on the block is…
Tip 1: Exfoliate for Glowing Skin
An incredibly busy schedule can cause moms to lose track of their beauty routines. Dry, neglected skin looks dull. And, as we all know, dull skin means tired-looking skin.
Using a body and facial scrub is not only the foundational step to being a hot mom, but also is a really easy way to achieve an all-over healthy glow. Exfoliating a few times a week will help keep skin soft, supple and ready for skin-on-skin contact with your partner.
Tip 2: Ditch the Worn-Out Sneakers
Adorn your tootsies in a pair of kickin’ ankle boots, chic pointed-toe flats (possibly in a bright color or funky pattern) or strappy sandals instead of shabby old sneakers.
You’d be surprised how much of an edge a sassy pair of shoes can add to the most everyday outfit.
Tip 3: Master the Simply Chic Ponytail
For days you just want your flipping hair out of your face, there’s no need to look lifeless with a boring ponytail.
Hot moms have a few quick tips that take their ponytail from bland to pizzazz:
Step 1: Split hair into two sections, the top half and bottom half. Secure the bottom half with a hairband.
Step 2: Secure the top half together with the bottom half with another hair band, allowing the hair to look a little looser and relaxed on the crown of your head.
Step 3: Secure two bobby pins under the bands in the bottom ponytail to add a little pop.
Step 4: Gently take out two tendrils of hair to outline your face.
Tip 4: Don a Pair of Sassy Shades
For days that you feel like death warmed up and had barely any time to check the mirror when you left the house, a super posh pair of sunglasses are a hot mom’s secret weapon. A stylish pair of sunglasses can make an outfit pop, cover up the fact you might not be wearing makeup, and add flair to an otherwise ordinary ensemble.
Tip 5: Forgo that Unsightly Diaper Bag
Diaper bags are an aesthetic nightmare for any mom who would rather not look like a mobile nursery. Take advice from hot moms everywhere and ditch the traditional diaper bag.
There is an assortment of modern and stylish diaper bags available, such as the black leather one Padma Lakshmi sports. Toting a super sassy handbag, er – diaper bag — while out with the hubby can not only help you feel like your sexy self again but also remind him that you are the hottest mom out there.
Tip 6: Brighten Your Smile
An easy way to help you look younger and feel a little more put together is with a bright, white smile to flash at your sweetie pie.
Use a whitening toothpaste daily and whitening strips before an event such as a holiday party or wedding you’re attending.
If you find you have sensitivity after using whitening strips, you can always go “au natural” with an alternative featuring baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide.
Tip 7: Pamper Those Tired Eyes
It’s hard to bat your beautiful eyes at your S.O. when they’re swollen after long, sleepless nights with baby. A lack of sleep can easily give you bloodshot eyes with, of course, the obligatory puffiness that follows.
Hot moms know how to make those peepers pop, though! You will never find her without (a) eye drops (to help get rid of redness) and (b) cooling eye gel (to help tame puffiness) in her repertoire.
Tip 8: Munch on Healthy Snacks
All moms are utterly gorgeous and come in a variety of beautiful shapes and sizes. It’s important to stay healthy for you and your partner so you can keep making googly eyes at each other for years to come.
Hot moms are healthy moms, and they always keep healthy snacks on hand and around the house to help ward off temptation to indulge in French fries and cookies. (Although the occasionalindulgence is nothing to feel guilty for.)
While moderation is key, choose snacks featuring an assortment of fresh juicy fruits, crunchy veggies and satisfying natural sources of protein like string cheese or a to-go packet of trail mix.
Tip 9: Have a Cute Hat on Hand
Unless you can sincerely sport a cute baseball cap, steer clear of hats that make you look like you’re hiding. Go for a bold, bohemian Panama hat or a sharp fedora.
Hats are an easy accessory to have at your disposal that can step up the stylishness of an outfit with the extra benefit of distracting from those inevitable bad hair days we’d all rather not speak of.
Tip 10: Stay Hydrated
This is an easy, fast way to not only keep you energized throughout the day, but to also keep your skin plump and moist. Plump, moist skin equals younger-looking skin. Staying hydrated also assists in the digestive process to make sure things don’t end up getting backed up!
Getting rid of some of that bloat will help you be a little more comfortable and confident in your own skin. And nothing – I mean nothing – is sexier to your man than confidence.
Tip 11: Slather on a Tan
A sleep-deprived and pasty complexion can make a new mom feel shabby and unkempt. Unless you can rock the whole “Morticia Addams” look, it’s time to introduce yourself to the modern-day self-tanner.
Today’s self-tanners and bronzers are much better than their predecessors. Many offer subtle color and bronzing versus the dreaded streaky-orange effect. There is a cornucopia of types, varying from a daily gradual self-tanner to even a professional air-brush tan. You can use it once or twice a week and notice yourself gaining a little bit of a glow that’s sure to make your hubby’s head turn.
Always remember: the days of being a sun bunny and burning your skin into oblivion are behind you! No hot mom looks like a leather handbag.
Tip 12: Try This Uber-Quick Makeup Routine
This beauty routine takes less than five minutes to complete, yet can really help you feel and look more pulled together — especially when you’re experiencing the exact opposite.
- #1 Tinted moisturizer with SPF (evens-out complexion and protects against sun damage)
- #2 Under-eye concealer and highlighter (hides dark circles)
- #3 Bronzer (for a light skin-glow)
- #4 Mascara (makes eyes pop)
- #5 Lip gloss (adds subtle color and sheen)
Tip 13: Work in This Easy-Peasy Evening Hair Habit
This super-simple routine adds only a negligible amount of time into your normal nighttime prep regimen. It creates adorable wavy, mermaid-y cuteness that will have your man wanting to run his fingers through your ravishing locks all day.
- Before bed, wash your hair as you would normally.
- Towel dry and comb in a thickening mousse or light leave-in conditioner.
- Split hair down the middle and braid each side.
- Get some lovely rest while your hair dries overnight.
- Undo braids in the morning, apply a texturizing OR sea-salt spray, and finger-comb them into your gorgeously soft waves.
Tip 14: Meet Your New Bestie, Dry Shampoo
No mom is a stranger to those endless nights and mornings in which you just don’t have time to shower and wash your hair.
However, instead of rocking a mop, hot moms will opt for a little alone time with some dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is incredibly fast, convenient and effective at making a second, or even third, day of unwashed hair look pretty darned presentable.
The best time to apply it is just before you go to bed so it can soak up extra oils from your hair overnight. The end result is waking up with clean-looking hair with a touch of extra volume that your husband will totally dig.
Tip 15: Keep an Eye on those Roots
Are you between hair appointments, but those roots are starting to show already? No biggie, hair powder will save the day by
Hair powder is a speedy way to keep your roots looking freshly done so you can keep flipping that mane and flirtin’ with your honey until your next hair appointment.
Tip 16: Choose a Push-up Bra – Always
Not all of us are blessed with perfectly perky ta-ta’s, especially after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Hot moms aren’t ashamed of less-than-picturesque boobies: They know women’s bodies are all beautiful, strong and unique.
It’s just that hot moms know how to work their assets, and that means donning a push-up bra. The extra support will not only make you feel more comfortable, but the padding will help your girls defy gravity, which will absolutely make your S.O. do a double take.
The era of teeny-weeny, unsupportive lacy bras is over, ladies.
Tip 17: Dump Those Mom Jeans
It’s always better to invest in one or two well-constructed and fitted pairs of jeans that accentuate your body type rather than have a dozen pairs of ill-fitted, frumpish jeans that do absolutely nothing for your curves.
We suggest visiting a store that has a fitting consultant on hand who can recommend specific cuts and styles that fit you individually.
Tip 18: Take Time for You
Taking a little time for yourself every now and then can help you look and feel rested and refreshed. It can also be the difference between having an emotional breakdown in the frozen foods section with your children.
It might take a little schedule finagling, but find a little time however you can. A chill yet energetic mom is the hottest of them all!
Whether you use your “me time” for a mani-pedi, a trip to the yoga studio or some quietude with good tea and a book, find what’s right for you and what makes you feel relaxed, special and confident.