July 11, 2012 12:00 PM

AT THE BEACH WITH…

LAUREN ALAINA

THE IDOL FINALIST SHARES HER SUMMER STYLE MUST-HAVES

Lauren Alaina has a problem: She just got a new, short haircut, and she’s wondering how she can beat the summer heat now that she can no longer put her honey-blonde locks in her go-to messy bun. “I do have enough for a little ponytail, so I’ll probably use headbands to keep it off my face,” she says. Crisis averted! And a good thing, too, ’cause even with an opening spot on the Sugarland tour this summer, Alaina, 17, still hopes for some time at the shore. “I love the beach,” she says. “I always have sand-castle molds and pails and shovels in my beach bag to play in the sand.” Here are the other items she can’t live without:

A Floppy Hat

“I like straw hats with a big brim.”

Old Navy Beaded Metallic Straw hat, $14.94; oldnavy.com;

A Roomy Tote

“I love any beach bag by Victoria’s Secret, especially if it’s pink and white.”

Victoria’s Secret PINK Bling Weekend Tote, $34.50; pinknation.com

Pout Protection

“I use Hawaiian Tropic lip balm because it’s sunscreen for my lips, and it smells like coconut.”

Most Flattering Sunglasses

“I like aviator frames the best on my face. They’re cute, and they look like Elvis!”

Best Hair De-Frizzer

“CHI Volume Booster is the best stuff in the world! I spray it all over my head when it’s wet, and it’s the bomb for keeping my hair smooth.”

Skin Saver

“I always use Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen because I’m allergic to everything else!”

Ultimate Beach Read

“I’m thinking about buying a Kindle. I’d read any and every book by Nicholas Sparks.”

Bronze Booster

“Maui Island Secret Browning formula gets me tan overnight, and it smells so good.”

Favorite Flip-Flops

“Gypsy Soule have rhinestones all over them. They are the cutest shoes in the world, and I wear them all the time.”

SWAG IN THE BAG

1. Charming Charlie pink aviator sunglasses, $9.97; charmingcharlie.com. 2. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration SPF 50 lotion sunscreen and Lip Balm Stick Sunscreen SPF 45, $9.99 and $1.99; at drugstores. 3. Plastic pail and shovel, $4.97 (comes in a 7-piece beach bag set); at Walmart stores. 4. Gypsy Soule C-Hardcore flip-flops, $300; gypsysoule.com. 5. Kate Spade New York pink pebbled leather Kindle cover, $99; amazon.com. 6. Amazon Kindle, $79; amazon.com. 7. Goody Fashion Now Lynn Headwraps, $6.75 for pack of 6; at drugstores. 8. CHI Volume Booster, $14.50; farouk.com for locations.

SUMMER’S HOT COLOR

Tangerine!

This bright hue is popping up everywhere—check out Taylor Swift’s citrus-hued pout. The trick, says celebrity makeup artist Holly Chapman, is to use it selectively. “Choose just one area you want to highlight, like your lips or cheeks,” she says. “Or ease into it with a pedicure.” Still nervous? Top an intense tangerine lipstick with a shimmery clear gloss to diffuse the color.

LIPSTICK & LIP BALM

1. M.A.C lipstick in Morange, $14.50; 2. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Coral, $6.49; at drugstores

LIP GLOSS

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine lip gloss in Diamond Collection D20, $18; sephora.com

EYESHADOW

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Fire, $33; shiseido.com

NAIL POLISH

Butter London nail polish in Jaffa, $14; butterlondon.com

BLUSH

Maybelline New York Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral, $7.99; at drugstores

LIP PENCIL

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Punch Drunk, $19; sephora.com

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