Kabuki brushes have become big business in recent years with many make-up companies producing their own version. But exactly what is a Kabuki..?
Named after a style of Japanese Theatre, Kabukis are traditionally short, flat bristled brushes used for applying mineral make-up, however they are also fantastic for buffing liquid or cream foundations into the skin or applying blusher or Bronzer.
Today there are many incarnations based on the traditional style brush, these are my Top Five suggestions for a Kool Kabuki…
Winner of the Natural Beauty Awards ‘Must Have Brush’ in 2008, this brush from INIKA is Vegan and certified cruelty free. Densely pack synthetic bristles marry with sustainable sourced wood to create this fabulous, luxurious brush.
£26.00 from INIKA Cosmetics
Neve Cosmetics Kawaii Kabuki
This super cute flat-headed brush was the subject of one of my posts in the run up to Christmas. Available in three colours, each with their own adoreable little personalities – Bunnybuki, Catbuki and Deerbuki.
£10.95 from CutECOsmetics
Everyday Minerals Junior Eye Kabuki
Kabukis aren’t just for the face you know, this lovely bamboo handled brush is designed specifically for the eyes; blend and smudge shadows and work concealer into the undereye area. Synthetic bristled and vegan friendly to boot!
£6.99 from Cocktail Cosmetics
Real Techniques Kabuki Brush
by Samantha Chapman
This 2-in-1 brush offers a real twist on a regular Kabuki – it’s angled synthetic bristles are perfect for apply powder products to the cheek area, then open it up and you have a brush that defines and contours. Designed by a Make-up Artist, this vegan friendly range brings pro style brushes to the high street!
£11.99 (approx) online and in store from Boots
Ecotools Retractable Kabuki
This brush is a great choice for those on the go and perfect for taking on your travels! Avoid damaging your precious Kabuki in your bag by retracting into the recycled alluminium sleeve. Densely packed and super soft domed bristles make application of mineral and powder make-up a breeze.
£13.30 from Content
Main image: Traditional Japanese Woodblock
Images courtesy of: INIKA Cosmetics, Neve Cosmetics, Everyday Minerals, Real Techniques and EcoTools