Who doesn’t want flawless skin, glowing cheeks, and eyes that really pop? Here’s a secret every makeup pro knows: Gorgeous makeup is as much about the tools you use as the products you apply. Brushes make all the difference when it comes to getting a professional-looking makeup application. As they are an important part of your makeup routine(for those of us who like to use brushes to apply our makeup that is). So I’m always on the lookout to expand my brush collection.
We’ve all seen or heard of the well known ‘kabuki’ brush(above). The makeup brush that has been the premier makeup brush for centuries and in recent years, been brought into the public spotlight from the success of mineral based powders. But if you shop around, you may find yourself wondering “what is a kabuki brush anyway?”
Historically, it was easy to identify a kabuki brush by its distinctive appearance. A cosmetic brush with a short stem and dense bristle. The brush head is most often rounded, though it can also be flat. Traditionally, the bristles are made of natural materials like animal hair(e.g. horse or goat hair).
The brush is named after the kabuki Japanese drama theater, where ironically,male actors wear kesho a very heavy makeup made of white rice powder.
Today, however, the word “kabuki” is used to describe a variety of makeup brushes, whether they have squat or long handles, real or synthetic hair or rounded or flat tops. Everything from the nars ita to the
I purchased this set of ten kabuki brushes after seeing multiple YouTube videos saying they were awesome. Great addition to my brush collection.
You get 5 large brushes and 5 smaller brushes in this set. It’s really cute that each large foundation brush has a “matching” concealer brush. Maybe I’m the only one to find that neat, but I just wanted to mention it.
1. Flat kabuki: Application of liquid or cream product to flat areas of the face such as the forehead and cheeks.
2. Round kabuki: Blend mineral products onto the skin.
3. Angled kabuki: Buff cream blush or bronzer onto the skin.
4. Tapered kabuki: Apply cream and liquid foundations onto the harder to reach contours of the face.
5. Flat angled kabuki: Blends foundation easily onto hard to reach areas of the face. Angle fits all areas of the face seamlessly. Works especially well on cheekbones and contours of the nose.
6. Small flat kabuki: Stipple concealer and blemishes.
7. Small round kabuki: Eye shadow and primer.
8. Small angled kabuki: Contouring hollows of cheeks and slides of nose.
9. Small tapered kabuki: Concealer on rounded areas such as nose.
10. Small flat angled kabuki: Concealer under eyes and nose.
When buying a kabuki brush there are couple of things to consider. If you’re going to toss it in your purse, you may want to consider a retractable kabuki brush and going down market for it. Unless, of course, you like to impress people with your luxury goods when you touch up your makeup.
I decided to buy these brushes because of all I have seen and heard from beauty gurus about them. Now, I seriously can’t live without them. My favourite brush is the flat top kabuki. I use it to apply my foundation everyday. The tapered brush is good for applying my concealer. I haven’t got to use the small flat angled and small flat kabuki brushes as much as I would like. All the brushes are super soft. What I love also is how little amount of products I need to apply to have a great coverage. It doesn’t absorb any product at all. I clean mine weekly with a little bit of dish soap and I haven’t noticed any shedding….
What do you think? Share your thoughts with me.
Are kabuki brushes worth the hype? Are you someone who likes to invest in high-quality brushes? Or do you like to find those treasures in the drugstore brands? I’m definitely a girl who wants to find the equivalent of a high-end brush hiding out somewhere with a drugstore price tag……
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