29 Times Vanessa Hudgens Didn't Play It Safe With Her Beauty Look

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Anyone who follows Vanessa Hudgens on Instagram knows she does her own thing. Whether traveling, going all out for Coachella, or debuting on Broadway, the actress lives life with a freewheeling spirit — and that vibe guides her beauty looks, too. A neon-pink raver wig on the red carpet? Sure. Metallic copper lipstick? Why not? Because the actress carries each wildly different style with such aplomb, they all feel organic, not contrived.

If anything, Hudgens' signature is switching it up. Going from short to long hair, curly to straight, or vampy to sweet has never looked so seamless (or fun). Ahead, see her best looks, from her High School Musical days to now — and just try not to get inspired to try something different tonight.
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2004
In 2004, Vanessa Hudgens was wearing staple teenage makeup, including peachy blush, pink lip gloss, and black eyeliner.
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2006
In 2006, the High School Musical star goes for a curl-piled updo (that would have been perfect for prom) paired with a playful cat-eye.
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Tightlined eyes and ruby-red lips give the actress a more grown-up vibe in the same year.
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How perfect does her peachy-bronze makeup look with that dress? The pop of highlight in the center of the lids add a nice finishing touch.
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2007
This look checks all of the trend boxes for 2007: icy-blue eyeshadow; long, tousled waves; and glowy skin.
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The actress bumps up the standard smoky-eyes-and-red-lips combo by working a little aqua-blue line into her lashline.
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2008
This sleek hair look is a departure for Hudgens, who typically favors waves on the red carpet.
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2010
With the soft waves swept to the side, bedroom eyes, and just-bitten lips, Hudgens is giving us major bombshell vibes.
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2011
This nod to ‘60s beauty — volume at the roots, Twiggy-inspired lashes, and a smoky eye done in blue — is a fresh change of pace for the increasingly edgy Hudgens.
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And just like that, the actress switches up her look completely, thanks to smooth, side-swept bangs.
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2012
During this period of her career, Hudgens uses red carpet opportunities to experiment with bolder beauty looks — and this exaggerated cat-eye does the trick.
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This kicky crop, styled with soft volume, is the last thing we would have expected from the Spring Breakers actress in 2012 — and we love that she keeps us guessing.
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Vanessa's wavy updo is playful and gorgeously face-framing.
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2013
You can take the girl out of the music festival, but you can’t take the festival out of the girl. How cute is Hudgens in a neon-pink wig and glittery lips?
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2014
This waved ombré lob, worn here with her signature smoky eyes and nude lips, helped launch a ubiquitous hair trend.
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Two simple style changes — a bold, berry lip and sleek hair — switches the actress’s vibe from playful to sexy.
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Fire-engine highlights to match electric-red lips? Yes, please.
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With bangs, a pony, and bright red lips, Hudgens foreshadows a look fit for Grease Live!
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2015
A rare side-part, sleek hair, and strong brows signal major star power.
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We can’t tell which we love more: the actor's braided updo or her coral lipstick, which brings out the vibrancy in her dress.
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This copper eyeshadow has us swooning a year later.
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Her graphic cat-eyes, violet-tinged lipstick, and space buns make for quite the attention-grabbing look.
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Vanessa Hudgens or Mia Wallace?
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2016
We love that Hudgens is not one to play it safe. Metallic copper lips and slicked-back hair create an edgy look that pays off.
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Finger waves, smoky eyes, and nude lips? That’s how you do a Vanity Fair Oscar party.
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Hudgens goes back to her beauty roots, with long hair worn in curls, eyes dressed up with a pop of blue, and her trademark nude lips.
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How dope are those space buns and the '90s child curly tendrils?
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Flower-adorned halo braids and ruddy shadow make for a perfect spring look.
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This topknot has an unexpected addition: a braid that runs up the center back.
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