Use a Kabuki Brush to Perfect Your Makeup
|April 22, 2011||Posted by BeautyFashionGuru under Beauty, Cosmetics, Makeup, Makeup Brushes|
What is a Kabuki Brush?
Kabuki is a type of classical theater that began in the 1600s in Japan. Kabuki theater featured performers with flawless, elaborate makeup, which is how today’s brushes inherited their name.
A good kabuki brush can help you perfect your makeup application. Kabuki brushes are usually wide in diameter with very soft bristles, but you can also find a flat kabuki brush depending on the makeup effect you’re trying to achieve. Rounded bristles will give a softer, more blended look than flat bristles.
The handle on a typical kabuki brush is usually short and squat, fitting nicely in the palm of your hand, but they are also available in longer lengths. For applying makeup on the go, you can also use a retractable kabuki brush which will keep the bristles protected. The Ecotools kabuki brush is an affordable and popular retractable brush you can purchase for about $7-$10 USD.
Most popularly, kabuki brushes have become the go-to tool for applying mineral makeup. They can also be used to apply any other makeup that needs to cover large sections of your face evenly and flawlessly, like loose powder, blush, or bronzer.
Best Kabuki Brush
If you’re trying to find the best kabuki brush on the market, there are a few characteristics the brush should have.
First, when you swirl the brush around and around on the back of your hand, there should be no shedding of the brush bristles; if you test the brush and you notice that bristles are falling out, you can be sure that the brush will not last long. This is probably the biggest different between cheap and expensive brushes. Nobody wants bristles on their face.
Second, pay attention to the bristle material. High-end brushes are usually made from very soft and fine animal hair, which are not vegan-friendly. If you are concerned about animal cruelty, you can find brushes that use soft synthetic fibers, like the Too Faced kabuki brush that contains their “Teddy Bear Hair” synthetic bristles.
Finally, the kabuki brush should fit easily in your hand. You’ll mostly like be using it all the time, so it will need to feel comfortable and easy to use.
The best kabuki brush will also pick up just the right amount of makeup each time, so that you don’t end up with makeup caking on your skin. You should be able to apply mineral makeup or bronzer in light layers, helping you achieve your desired look.