Coming of Age

updated 05/07/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/07/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HILARY DUFF, 19

The newly brunette actress-singer still feels "like a blonde inside."

HER ADOLESCENT ANGUISH
"My forehead is kind of big. When I was younger, it was an issue, but now it doesn't bother me. I embrace it."

FAVE BEAUTY SECRET
"Put a little bit of white eyeliner above your lip—like at that top-part, V thing—it makes your lips look bigger. Isn't that crazy?"

ZAC EFRON, 19

As the jock-with-an-artsy-side in High School Musical (and the sequel, out in August), Efron aces the swoon test.

HIS AWKWARD PAST
"I was always the shortest kid in school. A really short, really skinny kid. Finally, I got bigger in my junior year [he's 5'6]. Plus, I had a huge gap in my teeth. I got teased more about my gap than anything else."

BEST FEATURE NOW
"Older women appreciate my eyes."

HAYDEN PANETTIERE, 17

Heroes' indestructible cheerleader reveals her softer side.

GROWING UP IN PUBLIC IS HARD BECAUSE
"You go on these Internet blogs and people say the meanest things. I'm a normal person. Just because I'm in the spotlight doesn't mean I'm God's gift to the world. I'm learning and making mistakes just like every other 17-year-old girl out there."

SECRET WEAPON
"I feel most beautiful when my skin is really clear. I get facials all the time. Once your skin gets out of control, it's hell pulling it back in."

CHRIS BROWN, 17

The fresh-breath-obsessed R&B crooner (with his dog Diamond) says he's "never funky in my mouth."

GROWING PAINS
"In school, girls would be like 'You're a pretty boy,' but I just let it go."

BIGGEST INSECURITY
"My height. I'm 6'1". If I get too tall, it'll be hard to dance because there's so much more to do to move your body."

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