There are certain makeup brushes almost everyone owns, like a flat foundation brush and an eyeshadow shader, while there are others that you might not even understand what they do. Take the kabuki brush, for instance. Do you know what a kabuki brush is? If not, it’s time to find out. As a face makeup essential, this type of brush is definitely one to know about. Ready to get the lowdown on kabuki brushes? Keep reading so you can make applying makeup easier and start taking your beauty look to the next level.
WHAT IS A KABUKI BRUSH?
It’s time to answer the obvious question: What is a kabuki brush? This beauty tool has a short handle and dense bristles with a rounded shape. They’re primarily used to apply powder products seamlessly. The bristles help dust on just enough product without making your face look cakey or overdone. While face powders, especially loose powders, are the name of the game when it comes to the kabuki brush, you can also use them to apply liquid foundation, just don’t switch back and forth.
While a traditional kabuki brush is perfectly rounded, this tool is also available in different shapes, including angled, dome, and flat, which you can choose depending on your beauty needs.
HOW TO USE A KABUKI BRUSH
Now that you have the scoop on kabuki brushes, it’s time to learn how to put this beauty staple to work. Below, we’re giving you the rundown on how to use each type in your makeup routine.
KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH #1: ROUND KABUKI BRUSH
If you want your beauty look to last from day to night, you’ll need to lock your makeup in with a setting powder. This is where your classic round kabuki brush comes into play! When you’re ready to set your makeup, simply dip the brush into the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder, and dust all over your skin. Voila!
KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH #2: ANGLED KABUKI BRUSH
Can’t resist the contouring trend? Then it would be wise to add an angled kabuki brush to your arsenal. Perfect for any powder contour products, this tool makes precise application easy so you can sculpt your face to your heart’s desire. To use, simply dip the brush into the powder, tap lightly to remove excess, and sweep onto skin in key spots: your cheekbones, the sides of your nose, and your temples.
KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH #3: DOME KABUKI BRUSH
A domed kabuki brush can be thought of as a smaller take on your traditional kabuki. Since it still has a rounded head shape, this brush is ideal for applying highlighter, blush, and bronzer. Just like the other kabuki brushes, all you need to do is dip your tool into your compact and brush on your powder.
You can also use a domed kabuki to apply setting powder in hard to reach spots, like the under-eye area and sides of the nose.
KABUKI MAKEUP BRUSH #4: FLAT TOP KABUKI BRUSH
Looking to pare down your makeup brush stash? The flat top kabuki brush will be your saving grace. Known to pair well with everything from liquid foundations to face powders, this multifunctional tool takes makeup application to the next level. Use the brush to stipple and blend a liquid foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight, onto your skin for seamless coverage.
If you’re using a powder, simply dip your brush into the product and press onto your skin. Sweep away excess for a flawless finish. It’s just that easy!
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR KABUKI BRUSH
After covering the many ways to use this beauty tool in your makeup routine, it’s time to learn how to keep your kabuki brush in great condition. Just as you would with your other makeup brushes and blenders, you’ll need to clean kabuki brushes regularly. Per the American Academy of Dermatology, dirty makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. So, to protect your skin and keep your makeup brushes bacteria-free, they recommend washing your brushes every seven to ten days. Not sure how? Learn the proper way to do so in our article, How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Blenders.
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