Vanessa Hudgens in a Salvatore Ferragamo dress and Tom Binns Necklace. Photographed for InStyle by Lee Broomfield

Vanessa Hudgens plays cover girl for InStyle's latest Makeover special issue. In her Q&A with the magazine, the 20-year-old "High School Musical" star confesses that she's inspired by the risk-taking style of Nicole Richie and Mary-Kate Olsen, and that she's over teen fashion.

"I've learned that short-short skirts are not the way to go. I went through that phase at 13, so I never need to go there again!" she declares.

Regarding her past adventures in hair color, the starlet admits, "I had burgundy hair, which was frightening. And I had light brown hair with light blond highlights. It looked so bad."

Hudgens has clearly worked out all her hair issues. For the shoot, she goes from sleek strands to tousled tresses flawlessly (below). And when styling her own mane, she relies on the numerous tools at her disposal. "I've got a Chi ceramic flattening iron, four curling irons in different sizes, and at least two blow-dryers. One stays in the suitcase," she says, adding that Jennifer Lopez is her beauty icon.

The two faces of Vanessa Hudgens: Left, in Emanuel Ungaro; right, in Forever 21. Photographed for InStyle by Lee Broomfield

"She's mastered her glow," says Hudgens. "I got kind of lucky with the glow, too. It's the Filipino in me from my mom, who has got the most amazing skin. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll take after her."

For more of the interview, visit InStyle's Website, and for behind-the-scenes video, click here.