Since ancient times, Japan is known for its unique culture of beauty. The Fude, or Japanese styled brush, has always played a significant role in this culture. Japanese makeup brushes have gained worldwide reputation for being high quality and long lasting.
Most of them are handmade and makes use of natural hairs from squirrels, goats, horses, and weasels. The thinner tip is placed on top so that it feels soft against your skin.
As we all know, the quality of makeup brushes you use for application will impact the overall result of the final look. Safe to say, it is an important investment especially to makeup artists and enthusiasts.
So if ever you find yourself in Japan, make sure to drop by these places for top-of-the-line makeup brushes.
Hakuhodo Flagship Store
The Hakuhodo company has a long history of making fine Fude brushes crafted for ease of use and created in a traditional way using carefully selected materials. Hakuhodo brushes are all handmade in Kumano by skillful artisans. It provides high quality makeup brushes that are world renowned. The flagsship stores are located in the heart of Kyoto, Teramachi-dori Nijo and Aoyama. Hakuhodo can also be bought in many places in Tokyo.
Kumanofude Select Stores
They have a variety of Fude for calligraphy, painting, and makeup. The brush that you are looking for is sure to be found somewhere in this store. If you don’t, you can order a CUSTOM made one.
There are three locations you may check out:
- Main store in Fudenosato Kobo
- Hiroshima store in Hiroshima Station Building ASSE 5F
- Ginza store in TAU Hiroshima Brand Shop 2nd Flr, Ginza Tokyo
Chikuhudo is an OEM manufacturer that supplies high end makeup brands such as Shiseido, Kanebo, Kose, and SUQQU. they are now one of the most respected makeup brush artisan around the world.
The are located in TAU Hiroshima, Ginza Tokyo.
Yojiya is a cosmetics brand that upholds the aesthetic ideals of Kyoto for over 100 years. Saying that their branding is gorgeous is an understatement. You can find many brushes of this brand in many areas in Kyoto.
Other Malls and Shops
For different brand selections, shops and malls are the best places to go to. Narita Airport and Haneda Airport have duty free shops with a great selection of not only brushes but also quality skincare and makeup products. Famous department stores that are easy to find include Seibu, Lumine,. Mitsukoshi, Takashiyama, and Hikarie.