Plus: The actress reveals how bestie Vanessa Hudgens influences her sense of style

By Sharon Kanter
September 15, 2016 09:00 AM

Ashley Tisdale is obsessed with makeup. So obsessed in fact, that the 31-year-old actress even launched her own cosmetics line named Illuminate earlier this year. But, she’s keen to admit she wasn’t always the makeup maven she was today, as she tells PeopleStyle for our “5 Questions” video series.

“I first started wearing makeup when I was really young,” she says. “I, obviously, was super new to it, didn’t know how to do it very well, and I was really into blue eye shadow.”

Unfortunately, her dad was not impressed. “And I just remember my dad being like, ‘You look like a clown. You have got to take that off!’ It was just like too many colors,” she says. “But 13-year-old me didn’t know that!”

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And while she’s grown out of the crazy makeup color phase, Tisdale says she still turns to her friends and family for style inspiration, like BFF and High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens. “Vanessa is super stylish,” she says.

“But the best part about me and her is that we can be drawn to the same piece of clothing or shoes but we just wear them completely differently,” she adds. “It’s very much our own style.”

Watch the video above for more, including her hidden beauty talent, what trend she’ll never try again and why her adorable dog Maui is a surprising little pet.