How To Use A Kabuki Brush

Today I would like to write about Kabuki – not the kind of traditional Japanese theatre where heavily made-up men run around screaming in ancient Japanese nor the drink with sake but an awesome tool for makeup, the Kabuki brush.

A kabuki brush is a dome-shaped brush with a short, flat-bottomed handle that can sit upright on your desk. It is used mostly to apply loose powder, pressed powder, bronzer, blush and mineral foundation.

Kabukis can be used as an all-over duster or just to blush the apple of your cheeks. The key is to use small circular motions to buff the product onto your skin.

I have been using Cat Cosmetics Kabuki Brush ($39) for the past 2 days to apply loose powder and blush and boy am I in love with it! The brush is made of super euro goat hair and it is densely-packed, uber soft and very well-anchored. It is great for buffing, deposits the color evenly and makes the powder literally undetectable! It also comes in a black faux leather case that is oh-so-cute! Right now they are doing a promotion for only $30 until the end of the month. Definitely go grab yourself one of these! You will *love* it!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. hey i was just wondering do u think its alright if i use the same kabuki brush for bronzer and blush if i clean off whatevers left over from each use?

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