This special new limited-edition release (just 100 brushes) by Koyudo, "Three Great Beauties" features three brushes, each inspired by a different woman: Cleopatra, Yang Guifei, and Ono no Komachi. Each brush is produced individually, entirely by hand, and no two brushes are identical in design. Each face brush has its own story to tell, and the moment you pick up the brush, your own story begins.
Brush length: 160mm
Bristle length 54mm
Bristle shape: Round
Bristle material: Saibikoho Goat
This brush is inspired by the famous Egyptian empress, Cleopatra. The bewitching atmosphere of Cleopatra is applied to the entire brush. The golden color of the hair is an image of the ancient Egyptian era in which she lived. The color is achieved with Kakishibuzome dying, by persimmon astringent dyeing and original processing.
A unique collaboration of masters
Behind the brushes is an unprecedented collaboration of three masters in their fields: Hiroto Rakuso, one of Japan's premier gold leaf artists; Yoshiaki Nakano, an internationally revered senior makeup artist; and Yoshiki Uematsu, one of Japan's leading brush artisans working in the town of Kumano in Hiroshima Prefecture.
The story behind the collection
Nakano, who has often visited Kyoto for business over the years, was deeply impressed by the art and cultural assets of the ancient city. Through his friendship with Hiroto Rakuso, a unique foil artist born in Nishijin, Kyoto, known for his unparalleled sense and skill, Nakano developed a deeper connection with and understanding of these traditional crafts.
Nakano has often visited Rakuso's atelier in Kyoto, where tradition and modernity thrive. He believed that traditional techniques he witness could be used to create something far beyond my imagination. The result would be a work of art that embodies the worldviews of both artists, designed to surprise and captivate all who see it.
As a makeup artist, Nakano's choice in product was naturally the world of beauty: a cosmetic brush made in the famous brushmaking town of Kumano, Hiroshima Prefecture. Awaiting the collaborators there was Yoshitaka Uematsu, who entered the world of brush making at just 18 years old. The three, who share a sensitivity as artists and a passion for handcrafting products with a deep sense of value, decided to collaborate. They began making a prototype immediately, a combination of the craft of gold leaf and brushmaking.
In addition to the color of the foil and brush, the three parties pursued the feel and comfort of the brush, not allowing any compromises. To create the perfect brush, there were many discussions, and made many prototypes. Finally, the brushes in the "Three Great Beauties of the World" collection were born.
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Notes on care
Please do not wash the product with water or hot water. Do not leave the product wet for long periods of time. Do not expose the product to high temperatures, direct sunlight, thinner, benzene, etc., as this may cause discoloration and deformation. Please store in a well-ventilated place with low temperature and humidity. The color and shape of the product may differ from the picture because it is handmade. This product is made of natural wood with gold leaf to it. Please do not apply strong force to this product as it is made delicately due to its delicate nature. Do not drop the product from a high place or touch it strongly with a sharp object, as this may cause scratches or peeling. Keep the brush upright for daily use. Please keep the brush upright for daily use. This product uses metal. If you are allergic to metal, please refrain from using this product. This product has been manufactured with the purpose and functionality of applying makeup in mind, please refrain from using it for other purposes. Please stop using it immediately if you feel any abnormality on your skin.
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