While Kesha has gone through several transformations over her past 10 years in the spotlight, her free spirit and overwhelming positivity remain constant. Her newest album, High Road, is a celebration of going out, feeling every feeling to its fullest, and being unabashedly herself—and her recently launched beauty line, Kesha Rose Beauty, is a similar love letter to individuality.

“A lot of times beauty goes hand in hand with looking like you’re photoshopped, or you’ve been run through four different filters,” the singer tells Glamour. “I wanted to put out my own line that challenges the societal standard of beauty and really embraces people’s uniqueness.”

We caught up with Kesha to chat more about her beauty line and ask her our Big Beauty Questions, a rapid-fire Q&A on everything from the best getting-ready music to the products celebs can’t live without. Ahead, she talks Zoom concerts, how she’s staying sane in quarantine, and her sheet-mask addiction.

Glamour: Why did you decide to start a beauty line?

Kesha: I’ve always loved playing with makeup, and ever since I started putting out music, makeup—along with fashion—has been a huge signature of my style. It’s something I consider myself an expert on at this point because I’ve had pretty much any kind of makeup you could ever have on your face on my face. I’ve used prosthetic glue to stick just about anything you could think of to my face. I love pushing the boundaries of how you’re supposed to use different beauty products. I try to reinvent them and really just blur the lines of what you’re “supposed to” look like. I wanted to put out a makeup line that was playful, fun, and wild, yet very wearable. It’s expressive, bright, and fun.

You performed in Lady Gaga’s Global Citizen Festival a few weeks ago and have been doing some live performances over Zoom as well. How has it been getting ready for these virtual performances? Is it any different than your usual routine?

It’s been very different in terms of performances in every possible way. Usually, when you’re performing, you’re feeding off the energy of the other humans in the room. While in quarantine, I’ve been doing my own hair and makeup and my own styling, which I have all of the tools for. I just usually have some help putting it all together. Before I do a TV show, usually anxiety is running high and it’s a lot more chaotic in a fun way. But now isolation has made me learn how to use all of the different products I have—plus, it’s made me have to figure out how to get them to translate on camera, which has been interesting. For instance, putting on fake lashes. I tried, I tried my damnedest, but it just did not happen.

You must be in such a different headspace than your usual performances.

It’s an incredibly different headspace than my normal performances, but I also just want to do anything I can to help right now. I’m obviously not a doctor or a nurse—I wish I could be that helpful right now. Instead I’m trying to think of the ways I can hopefully bring some amount of joy or escapism. I at least want to be entertaining for somebody out there if they’re feeling anxious or weird. I know I’m going through waves of all the different emotions, so to have some kind of escape, something to watch or listen to, has been super helpful for me.

What music have you been listening to to keep your spirits up?

The past week I’ve been listening to David Bowie pretty much predominantly. I’ve always loved him, but right now I’ve been hyper focused on everything about his music—the songwriting, the delivery, the production. He was one of the best songwriters and performers of all time.

Have you been tempted to make any drastic beauty decisions while in quarantine?

Well, thankfully, I already gave myself an at-home drunk mullet a couple of months ago. It was a weird, spur-of-the-moment decision to dye my hair black and chop it, so I think I’ve already done the most extreme thing I can think of. But I have been going through all the makeup I collected over the past 10 years. I’ve never had the time to sift through everything, so I’ve been sitting on the floor and experimenting with it all. And I’ve been dyeing my eyebrows with beard dye. So that’s some weird life hack that I’ve been doing while in quarantine. It’s amazing—it really works!

What beauty rule do you swear by?

I don’t think there are any rules that are across the board for everybody. But for my own face, I love a feral eyebrow, which is why I wanted to try dyeing my brows and am thankfully happy with the results. I feel put together when my eyebrows are just a little wild and dark and feral-looking. I just like my face better that way.

What beauty rule do you think is B.S.?

Well, I think any rules when it comes to beauty are B.S. because everyone is different, and that’s what makes people interesting to look at, especially when creating. When shooting the promo photo [for Kesha Rose Beauty], I wanted to make sure that all of the makeup was used “incorrectly,” because I think anytime someone gives you a rule you should question it. I don’t think beauty is definable, especially not by anybody other than yourself.

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