Best Concealer Brushes For Every Need (Japanese Fude)

I've shared with you my acne journey, Accutane and acne scars in the past, but now to my favorite topic: brushes! These are the fude or brushes I use for concealing the under eyes, discoloration, spots and blemishes. Since my acne cleared up I haven’t purchased many new concealer brushes, but I still reach one or two every single day. You might think concealer brushes aren’t as exciting and sexy as bigger fluffs, but they are multi-purpose workhorse brushes and something everyone should have in their makeup kit. This post is most likely going to be a long one, so sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Choosing The Right concealer brush

Concealers come in many forms and textures: creams, liquids, waxes. Choosing a brush depends on which type of concealer works best for your skin, concern and technique, it might take a trial and error to find the perfect product and the perfect tool. Some of the brushes I introduce in this post are designated concealer brushes (コンシーラー if you search Japanese sites), but basically any small brush resilient to cream/liquid textures can work for you. This means repurposing lip and eyeliner brushes, but also small cream eyeshadow brushes will do the trick! Maybe you already own something that’s too stiff for blending the eyeshadow, but could be used for cream concealer or corrector. I follow these guidelines:

  • Eyeliner and lip brushes for pinpoint concealing blemishes, scars, pimples

  • Paddle brushes for correctors, creams and liquids under the eyes

  • Oval and stippling brushes for blending around blemishes or covering redness

Personally I don’t use much goat hair for my concealers as I like more firmness and control from kolinsky or synthetic hair, they also absorb less product. Never use delicate hairs such as squirrel for cream/liquid concealers as they might damage the brush. All brush hairs below are kolinsky or weasel unless otherwise stated.

Fine and small concealer brushes

Kyureido Fine Kalla eyeliner

I love this eyeliner brush, to read more about the Fine Kalla series click this post. This liner brush is very precise, but not quite as tiny as Hakuhodo B007. Kyureido has firmness and control for pinpoint concealing, and it picks up the perfect amount of product in my opinion. Since the brush hairs are semi-long, you shouldn’t add too much pressure.

Hakuhodo B007

For the tiniest pinpoint concealing work (such as sunspots, scars). The brush is very tapered; there are only few of longer hairs, so you can have the precision and add only the smallest amount of product. If you wish to blend or perhaps conceal a larger area, I’d go for Kyureido. Same if you want the brush to double as a liner brush, I prefer Kyureido as it can hold more product and cover a larger area.

Hakuhodo S148

One of my newest brushes and pure perfection in craftsmanship. It’s similar to Chikuhodo GSN-11, but has a bit longer hairs and less density, also feels much softer than Chiku. Perfect for applying and blending concealer on blemishes, carving out eyebrows or perhaps fading some discoloration around the nose. I have a sentimental attachment to this brush, but I love its performance as well.

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Brush I got as a GWP or a gift when I visited Kumano. It’s very close to Chikuhodo’s Limited Edition Noel Lumiere 2015 concealer/eyeliner brush, maybe a tiny bit more tapered. I’d keep an eye on Koyudo if they come out with something like this in their permanent collection.

Chikuhodo Noel Lumiere 2015 (LE)

Tapered brush made of kolinsky, has nice firmness and control for both sharp wing eyeliner as well as applying cream concealer on spots or blemishes. The point is rounded, which makes it unique in my book (just like the Unknown one). I think it’s a shame this particular brush was a limited edition. I prefer it over the Beautylish Sakura brush.

Chikuhodo x Beautylish Sakura eyeliner (LE)

This brush is an odd one: it’s not long enough to be a good lip brush, a bit too floppy for applying eyeliner. If you do pinpoint concealing, let’s say with Haku or Kyureido, you might use this for blending the edges. I must say I haven’t given this brush much love.

Hakuhodo eyeliner B005

This Haku brush is labelled as an eyeliner brush. Its hairs are very short, dense, and has sort of oval shape on the sides. Perfection for gel eyeliner, but if you’re in a pinch this would work for concealing small areas or carving out eyebrows. For concealing alone I do prefer Hakuhodo S148 or Chikuhodo GSN-11.

Chikuhodo GSN-11

This is one of my oldest brushes and has held up very well. I’ve used it for eyeliner, concealer and smudging eyeshadow near the lower lash line. The hair density is light, length excellent for precision and control, but the feel isn’t as stiff as with Hakuhodo B005. Hakuhodo B005 is sharper, which makes it better for eyeliner, GSN-11 gives softer edges.

Hakuhodo J214R (goat and synthetic)

This mini duo-fibre stippling brush picks up cream products very nicely and works well for blending. For example, if you conceal under eye darkness but also suffer some minor redness underneath, you can take the conceal further by stippling with J214R. Most of us have discoloration around the nose and J214R fits nicely in nooks and crannies for buffing and blending product. The feel is not overly dense but very soft. With a stippling brush I like to go over the covered areas with a finger or a sponge to make sure there is no brush marks. I don’t use this brush for cream eyeshadow as I want the edges to be more blurred and there are better options.

Koyudo Purin (synthetic)

When checking the brushes for this post, I sadly didn’t see the Purin line on Koyudo’s website, so this brush may be discontinued. The Purin (sounds like ‘pudding’ in Japanese) concealer brush is one of my favorites as it has a nice rounded paddle shape and similar stippling qualities (a mix of longer and shorter hairs) as the Hakuhodo J214R. The body of the brush is somewhat dense, but the very tip is soft and bendy, making it easy for tapping and blending product, such as under eye concealer. One of my favorites.

Hakuhodo G538 (synthetic)

Synthetic version of one of my all-time favorite brushes. The difference with G538 and G537 is how the hais splay: with synthetic hairs the shape is very straight and sword-like. Good for dabbing on product, easy to clean, not much bad to say about this brush, but I do prefer my kolinsky G537.

Hakuhodo G537

This brush is a pure gem to me, I reach it almost daily for concealing my under eye area. It covers a nice amount of surface, picks up a good amount of product and has a great control. The brush has a good bend to it, which makes it feel firm yet soft on the skin. It’s a multi-purpose brush for concealing and I love it to bits.

Koyudo BP036

On the Koyudo website images this brush looks very tapered and ‘sharp’, but it does splay after washing. I think this brush is too large for pinpoint concealing, but good blending any edges after you’ve applied concealer with a smaller brush. Or, if you need to conceal larger areas or blemishes, perhaps do very detailed work around the nose; this is your brush. I’ve used it a ton when I still suffered from acne.

Koyudo C006P (below)

I use this brush similarly to Hakuhodo G538, Hakuhodo 537 or Koyudo Purin, but C006P is much denser than any of these. The hair length is similar to Purin, but C006P is much wider, like an oversized eyeliner brush. It’s a powerful tool when you really need to pack on a lot of product and enjoy firmness and control. Could also be used as an eyeshadow brush for packing on color on the lid. I’ve used Koyudo C006P also a ton, but nowadays prefer softer, more bendy brushes for under eye work.

 Best Concealer Brushes | Japanese Brushes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog
 Best Concealer Brushes | Japanese Brushes | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog

And here they are, my concealer workhorses and small treasures! I think most of them are excellent, just for different usages. If you have any questions about any specific brush, please leave them in the comments below. Thanks for reading! x

My Favorite Red Lip Products

Who doesn't love a red lip? Just like with hair styles or fashion, I think there is a perfect shade of red for everybody. I will talk about self-confidence and wearing red lipstick in another post. Today I just want to post an ode to color red and share my favorite red lip products with swatches. I kept the reviews or descriptions short and sweet, I hope you enjoy this type of post!

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Oh Yeahh! Lip Balm in Red*

Cute balm with a slip to it. Gives a nice fresh tint to the lips, but doesn't stain them.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Kiss 'N' Tell

Cool, blue-based red. Glides easily without dragging the lips and has a good color pay-off. I like to wear this under very opaque lipsticks (Charlotte Tilbury, SUQQU).

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Tell Laura

Gorgeous bright read that leans coral. Perfect "look at me" type of red, matte yet comfortable to wear. I recommend using a lip liner or blot the color as you'll notice if this lipstick moves and you don't want it stuck on your teeth.

Tata Harper Volumizing Cheek & Lip Tint in Very Naughty

Newest addition to my reds and I'm already in love. Bright yet not too in-your-face type of red, has fairly neutral undertones and works perfectly on the cheeks as well.

Lancome Matte Shaker in Kiss Me Chérie

Very cool, almost pink red. Wears long and leaves a vibrant stain on the lips. Perfect for the Korean gradient lip look or dates when you plan to kiss.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sheer Lipstick in 088 Relish of Heaven

The perfect balmy, sheer yet buildable cool pinky red. My go-to lipstick last year and still one of my favorite formulas.

SUQQU Extra Glow Lipstick 07*

What I call a perfect classic red. This glossy formula doesn't have the best wear-time and needs touching up during the day, but feels nicely balmy and moisturizing on the lips. Great pigmentation.

ADDICTION Lipstick Pure in 001 Tokyo Story

Bright fire engine red with cool undertones, makes your teeth look nicely white

ADDICTION Lipstick in Last Scene (discontinued)

Stain-like muted red, one of my favorite shades of all time. (Last Scene is available in the Sheer formula nowadays, but I haven't tested it.) Similar consistency to Bobbi Brown Crushed lipstick.

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Ruby

Muted, stain-like browny red, like lips after a glass of red wine but many times prettier. Matte and leaves a tint on the lips. 

THREE Shimering Lip Jam 08 Red Shoe Twist

My perfect blue based red lip gloss that's not gloopy or overly sticky. For me it is opaque enough to be worn alone.

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You know what I’m gonna ask.. what’s your favorite red lip product?

* Products marked with an asterisk(*) were kindly gifted for consideration.
My thoughts are honest and my own.

Products I Changed My Mind About

I don't mind being 'wrong' or changing my mind about things. Especially with beauty products you can fall in and out of love with something as your skills develop, skin or style changes from season to season, or maybe you find something more worthwhile. Today I'm taking a look at some products I initially wasn't toon keen about, but I have changed my mind!

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Mahalo the Petal mask

Original review here. This mask is so expensive it makes me shake - $95/€95! You do get a generous amount of product 3.4 fl.oz/100 ml in a sturdy packaging while the mask itself is carefully hand-made in Hawaii. I still consider this an investment purchase - a splurge if you may. Although I love high end skincare I thought no mask can make such a big difference in my skin to justify the Petal's hefty price tag.

Then I had the pleasure to meet Mahalo's founder, Maryna, in person at Naturelle’s event. Maryna is such a super cool person, vibrant, fun and full of knowledge. She corrected me that the Petal isn't a plain moisturizing mask, but more to balance and promote even, hydrated and glowing looking skin. I decided to give the Petal another go, "just to get rid of it" and soon I started noticing a difference in my skin. It was healthier, plumper, balanced and overall tone more evened out. I simply had good skin days after reaching for the Petal on a regular basis. I also started to appreciate the scent, feel and pampering aspect of the mask more and more. I’m now on my second jar!

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wands

Original review here. Although I gave overall a positive review, I wasn't blown away. The blush wands are good, but my expectations are sky high when it comes to RBR products. After the review I made myself to use these blushes despite not being totally in love - to use them up I suppose? But the more I tested, played and swatched the more I wanted to reach for them. Suddenly they have become my go-to blush formula.

They do sheer out during the day, but the wand is easy to carry in your clutch, dab on your cheeks, eyelids or swipe on the lips if you're in a pinch! I did the most gorgeous "no makeup" makeup look to my friend, Anna, with these blushes and used the shade Rubens in my Venetian Red Spring Look. I think the trick is to not swipe the product directly on your cheeks but instead use with your fingers to gently warm the product and pat on the skin for a natural, smooth, tint. Love!

Natasha Denona Eyeshadows

When I got my Beautylish Lucky Bag in 2017 (original post here) I was delighted to receive a Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette. I mean, c’mon, it’s Natasha Denona. Soon I noticed the shimmer/metalic shades were quite average and I wasn't blown away with the color combination either. Pretty, but I prefer my Viseart, SUQQU and Surratt shadows for example. In March I wrote about the eyeshadow palettes I had purged (post here) and had mixed feelings about parting with Natasha Denona. First of all, the shades look bomb on my friend whom I sold the palette. Secondly, I read Sweet Makeup Temptation's post (here) how the shadows are her favorite and how well her Builder One (my review here) works with the glitters. I’m weak when it comes to product + brush pairings.

The only problem is the price. These shadows are not cheap and while you do get a ton of product, great quality and whatnot, I cannot justify purchasing a larger palette. But when I saw there's a Mini Sunset palette available in Sephora, I asked an Instagram friend from the US shop it for me. I’ve heard some reviews the Mini Sunset isn’t as good as the full-size palettes, but I got to say I'm liking it. The shadows don't last as long on me as SUQQU or Viseart, but I’m happy with the Mini Sunset. So if you don’t have the funds and absolutely love a look of ND palettes.. give a smaller one a go? I’ve heard the new Mini Lila is very good.

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The Beauty Blender

Who wouldn't love the bouncy pink egg-shaped sponge? Well, me. I adore brushes and there was no way a puff or a sponge would be added to my routine. Until I gave a go to a triangle shaped powder puff (by KICKS) that was gifted to me. It was nice for precise powdering and really pressing in product, which gave me the idea to dig out my old Beauty Blender. Especially during the sweaty, hot Summer months the Beauty Blender was wonderful for really pressing in loose powder, smooth the under eye area and make sure there were no foundation streaks. My quickly drying THREE Angelic Synthesis foundation (review here) that I didn't initially love applied much nicer with this damp sponge. Is it worth the hype? I guess. Price tag? Mmh.. maybe only on sale.

Have you changed your mind about any products lately? Hits or misses?

*The Beauty Blender in the images above was kindly PR gifted to me.
(My original one is too battered for photos).