Vanessa Hudgens wanted to show her fans who she "truly" is. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Vanessa Hudgens says posing make-up free in PEOPLE's Beautiful Issue 2019 "exposed" her in a "real and honest way".

The 30-year-old actress showed off her flawless, natural complexion in the magazine's annual special issue with a completely bare face, but although it was a brave thing to do the 'High School Musical' star "loved" the shoot because it showed her fans who she "truly" is, without a "facade".

She told PEOPLE TV: "I love doing it, I mean I feel like nowadays everyone's exposed to a heightened version of people they're following, whether that be on Instagram, in films or TV. 

"No one really wakes up looking the way that you see them, so I think it's really important for people to see who you truly are, without the facade, and it's just a nice way to connect and just feel exposed in a very honest and real way."

And the 'Second Act' star has opened up about having a "better grasp" on who she is since turning 30, and admitted that although she is "constantly learning" about herself, she has "no problems" speaking her mind.

She added: "A lot [is different about me now], in your 20s you learn so much about yourself and you go through a whole whirlwind of emotions, it's a rollercoaster being in your 20s! 

"But now, at 30, I feel like I have a better grasp on who I am, and I know that I am constantly learning but I have no problems with speaking my mind, which has been the biggest enlightenment thus far of 30."