Ultimate Guide to Koyudo Makeup Brush Series

Ultimate Guide to Koyudo Makeup Brush Series

Koyudo is one of the largest manufacturers of kumanofude, makeup brushes from the prestigious brush-making region of Kumano in Hiroshima, Japan. 

The distinguishing feature of Kumano brushes is the gentle tip of the brush, which makes this perfect for precise application of makeup, and for people with sensitive skin. 

Koyudo's brushes are revered for their original, inspired design, often with a playful twist.

Koyudo's playful makeup brushes

In an interview with the Koyudo CEO Takemi Tsuchiya, we found what makes Koyudo one of the top Japanese makeup brush brands.

Koyudo makeup brushes
“晃祐堂” Koyudo’s logo in Kanji letters

“Koyudo keeps on changing to stay the same,” says Takemi Tsuchiya. What this means, is that Koyudo stays true to tradition and core values of providing premium makeup brushes, but continue to innovate. They believe in functionality, but also will cater their makeup brush offerings to reach a broad audience with a wide range of tastes and needs.

For example, the Koyudo's Heart Series of brushes, was designed to be extremely functional with two peaks, but the beauty came when they realized that many makeup users also want their brushes to be cute and appealing. Koyudo brushes are colorful brushes with ingenuitive design to embrace an array of audiences without the loss of the sensitive Kumano makeup brush sensibility and grace.

Koyudo Makeup Brush Guide

KOYUDO Fu-pa series

Release Date: 2012

Koyudo fu-pa02 in black

Description of Series: This is the most popular Koyudo makeup brush series. Soft, Densely Packed. Goat Hair. A variety of different sizes, dual-sided, angled, and duo fiber. The brushes are short and thick only about 10 centimeters long. Handles made from Hinoki Cypress. Brushes fu-pa05 and 06 are meant to be used with anything.

Recommended Users: For those who would like to amass a very tailored army of short, powerful high-quality Japanese makeup brushes. Also for those who are only interested in purchasing powder, blush, foundation, liquid, concealer/shading brushes.

KOYUDO BP High-class series

Release Date: 2013

Koyudo BP contour makeup brush

Description of Series: Comprehensive, high quality, handmade. An incredible amount of variety between the different angles of the bristles. Notable for the airy touch and easy handling. BP013 Foundation Brush and BP014 are favorites of several beauty bloggers.

Recommended Users: Experienced makeup users. Due to the vast variety of brushes, we recommend that you take your time to review the brushes if you are interested in this series. Start with the type of brush desired, narrow down to the size and then the angle. We also recommend trying the foundation brushes and if the quality is to your liking (which we are confident it will be) then purchase a more specific brush such as a lip, eyeliner, or eyeshadow.

KOYUDO Somell Garden

Release Date: 2016-2017

Koyudo Somell Garden makeup brush

Description of Series: 
Here we see an example of the renowned ingenuity of the Koyudo brand! Designed by a talented female artist in Hiroshima, she asked the questions of “what if brushes could remind one of fruit?” “What if the experience of a makeup brush could be similar to that of rubbing your face with fresh, gorgeous fruit?” Through these imaginings, the Somell Garden was created. The natural walnut wood handle combines with the tightly packed wool to embrace your face the same way a fruit would. The bristles are lightly dyed to pretend as if you are applying the juice of the fruit to your face (pink for peach, blue for blueberry, etc.) Whether you are simply curious about what the buzz is about these fruit-inspired brushes, or if you find them irresistibly cute, we encourage you to find out for yourself!

Recommended Users: For collectors of Japanese makeup brushes, and for those who are interested in unique, cute, kawaii Japanese makeup brush styles.

KOYUDO Heart Brushes

Release Date: 2008

Koyudo heart makeup brush

Description of Series: Almost certainly one of Koyudo’s signature brush series! When designing the brushes, Koyudo creatively wondered what would happen if there were two peaks on the bristle of the brush. When implementing the idea, the two peaks created a beautiful heart shape. Koyudo decided to make it a cute durable, stiff peak with goat hair and colorful handles. Depending on the brush, it can be included as an accessory or a precious addition to your Japanese makeup brush collection.

Recommended Users: For those who fell head over heels in love with the heart concept. For those who want to choose from a variety of colorful handles. Collectors of Koyudo who need the most famous brush from the Japanese brush brand.

KOYUDO PR (Purin) series

Release Date: 2013

Description of Series: 
Fun to hold, but one of the best makeup brushes for those who favor liquid. Made from a mix of goat hair and polyester. Durable with liquid cosmetics. Even, streak-free and achieves a flawless look with every use. Small shader brush allows for blending, applying crease and lid color, and even concealer

Recommended Users: For those who want an adorable Koyudo pink brush but who use a lot of liquid foundations and concealers. The cat paw facial cleanser brush is for cat lovers and makeup lovers alike!

KOYUDO C Standard series

Release Date: 2013

Description of Series: Another easy-to-use brush series for beginner makeup artists and Japanese brand fanatics. There are many varieties of brushes within the series and in contrast with the AG Beginner series, the handles also come in pink.

Recommended Users: This is for “graduates” of the AG beginner series. It is for those who would like to expand their beginner kit, upgrade, or finalize their established Koyudo professional makeup brush kit.

KOYUDO Mizume Zakura Rin 3-pieces brush set

Koyudo Mizume-Zakura makeup brush set

Description of Series: This 3 piece exquisite makeup brush set gives you a luxury feeling, flawless finish on makeup. All the handles of brushes use high-grade Japanese Cherry Birch (Mizume-Zakura) wood, which is known for being used for the Japanese local craft Miyajima Shamoji (Miyajima rice scoop). Each pattern is unique and does not exist elsewhere in the world. It is the kind of professional makeup brush which can only be found and made in Japan.
Comes with a box made from recycled paper from paper cranes which we donated from all over Japan to be placed in Hiroshima Memorial Park.

Availability: In this set, there is a powder, blush, and eyeshadow brush available.

Recommended Users: For those who would like their brush made out of unique material such as the cherry-Burch. A very Japonesque brush with origins from traditional culture.


Koyudo factory in Kumano, Hiroshima

Koyudo Japanese makeup brushes are some of the most unique Kumano style makeup brushes that you might ever have the privilege of owning. We are truly thankful for the ingenuity of Koyudo for creating these special additions to our beauty application options. Finally, we can combine kawaii styles and elegant Japanese beauty into our professional makeup brush kits. If you are interested in any of these brushes we encourage you to please test one of your choosing. You will not regret it in the slightest. If you have further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at A-Janaika Japan. Thank you for reading this ultimate guide. We hope you fall in love with Koyudo just as much as we did.


Writer: Ana Vigueras
Editor: Hiro Kano

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