05/07/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT
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."
' 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."
"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."
"In school, girls would be like 'You're a pretty boy,' but I just let it go."
"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."