What Is A Kabuki Brush?

A kabuki brush, also sometimes called a mushroom brush (as they are often shaped like the fungus though ours has an angle) is one of the oldest types of makeup brushes  with very dense bristles and often comes with a shorter palm sized handle.  

The kabuki brush name comes from the Kabuki Drama Theatre in Japan where the actors and actresses would wear very heavy makeup to express the nature of their character.  The kabuki brush was and still is used to apply a dense layer of white rice powder over the face. Because of the dense bristles it makes a perfect applicator for liquid and powder foundations, blushes, bronzers, and highlighters because it can pick up pigment quickly and easily.The dense, short bristles also allows mineral makeup to penetrate deep into the brush for maximum product pick up. And it’s roundness makes it simple to blend down the product you’ve applied.  History of The Kabuki Brush

Now Stowaway’s Kabuki Brush is a twist on the traditional Kabuki as we don’t imagine you will be using it to apply stage makeup.  Ours  is angled rather than mushroomed to allow it more versatility in your application technique so you can apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, blend down foundation or concealer, or even apply on or around the curves on your face if you are trying more advanced moves like highlighting or contouring.


The bristles (which are synthetic fibers ideal for creams or powders) are also super soft and less densely packed which lets you pick up the optimum amount of product for each application (instead of the maximum amount of product as is often the case with a traditional dense Kabuki).  Plus, this 2 inches tall, pint-sized companion is ideal for your on-the-go makeup bag. And it goes without saying it is hypoallergenic, easily washable, vegan and gluten-free as well as cruelty free (unless you count testing on Julie in which case we promise Chelsa was gentle).


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