Brush 101: A Guide To Understanding A Makeup Brush

It’s brush month with me for September and this all month-long series starts with a Brush 101 video. Not a lot of people know about the details and specifics of what goes into making a makeup brush and I hope that this will be a good source of information to those looking for such.

Doing this vlog has been enjoyable. I have revisited notes about makeup brushes that I have kept over the years : their development, their uses and their different hair types. It has been very enlightening and a bit frustrating. There aren’t many details out there about brushes and if there is anything that you’d want to know about a specific brush, you’d have to contact the brush manufacturer.

I am sharing with you guys what I have learned – so far.

So, let’s talk brushes!


To read more about my brush making experience at Koyudo, click here:

The Laura Mercier and Paula Dorf brushes that I am showing here was bought 13-14 years ago. To my understanding, Paula Dorf brushes is still using natural hair for her brushes. Laura Mercier has since gone synthetic.

Check this site out to see what Silver Fox makeup brushes look like:

Check this site out to see a limited edition Saikoho brush:

Check this site out to see what Saibikoho makeup brushes look like:

Check this site out to see what Kolinsky makeup brushes look like:

When my interest in makeup brushes blossomed, one of my earliest resource about makeup brushes was the blog of Sonia G – she has an extensive entry about makeup brushes and different hair types. It is very detailed with side by side photo comparisons. She will be the right person to follow and ask for in depth details. If you want to read up on it, click here

The brush company Mizuho has also a very concise entry about how makeup brushes are made and of the different hair types they use. You can read up on that here

Hakuhodo also has an entry on brushes by hair types and on brushes as to be used specifically

The blog A-Janaika Japan also has their own entry about makeup brushes:

They also have a dedicated blog entry about Saibikoho makeup brushes:


The products I am using has worked for me and it might not necessarily work for you. Always be discerning when purchasing cosmetics or skin care products. Always read the label and the literature! Always do a patch test before you purchase a product for the first time to see that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients listed.

This video/post is not sponsored. The products that are shown here are the products that I always use, love and live by.

The videos and pictures were shot using an Iphone 11.


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