A kabuki brush is the one makeup tool that is compact, cute, and incredibly versatile. It is perfect for applying all kinds of face makeup, from liquid or cream foundations. They’re ideal when applying powder products, especially if you’re using a setting powder or powder foundation since this brush gives your face a natural soft finish.
They make it easy to blend in your products for an even, full coverage application. Usually, the handle is short and large for complete control while the bristles tend to be dense so you get the most out of your product.
A kabuki brush can be either flat, rounded, angled, or slightly tapered at the tip depending on what your technique requires. Oftentimes they are retractable or they come with a cap to ensure that you will not make a mess. Below you will find a list of the best brushes loved by influencers and makeup artists.
Sigma Beauty F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
Beloved by professional makeup artists and renowned influencers this brush provides an airbrushed finish effortlessly. Made of synthetic vegan, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic ultra-soft fibers to protect your skin. It can be used with liquid and cream foundation and it works perfectly with both. It stands up to even the most rigid stippling techniques and beautifully blends your foundation into your skin to create an airbrushed-look, doesn't shed, and washes nicely. Very soft, but also dense and firm which is what you need.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Makeup Kabuki Face Brush
This face brush is made from synthetic hair for a soft, absorbent feel that can be used with wet or dry products. The compact, travel-size brush is perfect for precise and controlled application of various products such as bronzer, powder, or highlighter. This kabuki brush is perfect for daily use—it's soft but doesn't shed, holds powder well, and lasts for a long time.
FENTY BEAUTY Kabuki Brush 160
The face and body brush that does it all. This kabuki brush has a custom angled head for blending liquid and powder formulas. The unique, angled brush head was designed for effortless diffusing, while the rounded handle provides comfortable control for a buffing experience. The bristles are soft yet firm. Very versatile for putting on different powders such as highlighter, blush, or finishing powder. It’s large so it helps to get the job done faster.
Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush
This brush is an essential on-the-go tool to evenly apply powders, bronzers, or blush. its synthetic Taklon bristles do not trap or absorb product bacteria and dead skin cells, making the brush easier to clean. These bristles are also less prone to breakage or damage and easy to maintain. The brush head is hand-cut to the perfect shape for precise application from dense coverage to a soft, delicate finish.
Sigma Beauty 3DHD Kabuki Makeup Brush
The unique waterproof 3dhd design makes your beauty routine easier than ever. The bristles are made of synthetic vegan, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic ultra-soft fibers to protect your skin. The brush is multi-functional—it works great with powder, cream, and minerals. Best for priming, contouring, highlighting, blending, and concealing even the most problematic skin type. Perfect for stippling areas that need more coverage since it reaches even the corners of your face.
EcoTools Retractable Kabuki Foundation Brush
Made with soft cruelty-free synthetic bristles, this versatile makeup brush is the perfect travel size. It is best with powders and bronzers. The cap makes it ideal for tossing in your makeup bag and keeping it clean on the go. It pulls up and then you put the cap on. Even though it is a bit denser, it is still gentle on sensitive skin and works well with liquid, cream, or mineral powder.
Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush
Versatile and made from sustainably harvested bamboo and synthetic bristles, this brush allows you to flawlessly apply powder or liquid foundation. The bristles are super soft, but since they're short, they're not at all "floppy". It is so smooth on my face and not scratchy. The dense but short bristles give focused and unwasteful applications. It's easy to use and clean as well.
Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush
This multipurpose brush is cute and compact—the perfects on-the-go tool. It has a cove and it’s retractable so it doesn’t take too much space of your makeup bag or purse. The brush is dense and thick, yet soft at the same time allowing an easy and adequate application. Perfect for blending everything together and brushing off any excess makeup. The bristles grab and transfer pigment that blends for a flawless, streak-free payoff. You can easily adjust how soft or firm you want the brush by twisting the bottom.
GOERTI High-Density Kabuki Brush
The body makeup brush is made from superfine soft and high-density synthetic bristles. The shape is wide and allows you to work faster and overlap spots so you have smooth even coverage, without trapping or absorbing excessive amounts of the product. It also allows you to blend foundation or powder evenly onto your face. The curved bristle shape for the natural-looking face and body blending, highlighting, contouring, and buffing. bristles easy to clean.