Meet the Maker: Tanseido
Tanseido brushes are recognizable by their iconic brushes with handles of red, blue, and black. Natural bristles and fine craftsmanship make them one of Japan's most popular Fude brands.
Blue is a rare color in Fude brushes, and the Tanseido blue is an electric blue with a pearlescent finish. Bristles are typically natural, with saikoho for face and cheek, sokoho goat and gray squirrel for cheek and eye brushes; other materials used include red squirrel and kolinsky. Many Tanseido brushes also come with different options for handle length, to suit personal preferences.
Tanseido Brush Code guide
Tanseido brushes follow a naming convention to the formula of:
Handle length – Type of bristle – Shape of Bristle – Ferrule size – Special feature
- Handle length: Y (long handle), J (short handle), none specified (normal)
- Type of bristle: A (gray squirrel), E (saikoho), S (squirrel), W (sokoho);
- Shape: C (round), Q (flat-round), S (slanted), F (flat)
- Ferrule size: From 3-33
- Special feature: T (Tea-dyed)/B (black-dye), S (narrow)
Eg. YSQ14 (long-handle, squirrel, flat-round shape, 14 size ferrule)
A Message from Tanseido’s Representative
Founded over 80 years ago, Tanseido has built advanced development technology and processing technology as a consistent brush making manufacturer from materials to products in Kumano Town, Hiroshima Prefecture, which boasts the largest production of brushes in Japan. Starting with brushstrokes, we are currently expanding our mainstay makeup brushes and business areas, and by creating brushstrokes that create new value that is not bound by conventional methods, we are contributing to society with little effort.
Currently, Tanseido is the world-famous top company in the makeup brush industry, and has been adopted by many famous brand cosmetic manufacturers and used by professionals such as make-up artists. As a proud and solid manufacturer, it is highly evaluated both inside and outside the country.
For makeup brushes, we are taking on the challenge of creating new value, such as providing hygienic and safe brushes using our unique UV sterilization system, and making original makeup brushes with your name engraved on them. In terms of the axis of the makeup brush, we have accumulated techniques such as works that have reached the essence of jewelry using gold and platinum, artistic works that use lacquer, and works that integrate the tip and axis. Utilizing our know-how, we continue to work on original product and technology development.
We will continue to strive to be a company that fully satisfies each and every customer with the confidence and pride of "brand identity" that can be engraved with "MADE IN JAPAN" as Tanseido. We look forward to your continued guidance and patronage in the future.
Koichi Yamada, Representative of Tanseido Co., Ltd.