I am very lucky and extremely honoured to be regularly in contact with professionals and brush lovers, it’s exciting to share this passion with you all and read about your experiences and your discoveries.
I am also often contacted by people who would love to start a more serious relationship with make-up, but some find make-up quite intimidating. They tell me: “I don’t like to feel the make-up on my face” or even “I am scared of shimmers and bright colors” but we can have fun, play with textures, sparkles, shimmers, colors, techniques, whatever our age! We can adapt the coverage or the intensity to what we feel appropriate and actually, it’s great to adventure beyond our comfort zone too.
I love playing with make-up, the whole process is a precious moment, it’s uplifting, it makes me feel a bit more confident and it shows! People around me think I am less tired, happy and relaxed, and somehow this has also an indirect and positive effect on them.
I love all kinds of looks: basic, extra, editorial, I also took special effect make-up classes and drag because the whole process is fascinating and so is the people I meet, and I will continue those special classes as soon as I can travel to London again.
I think these mini Keyaki brushes are appropriate for any skill level, for natural or more elaborated looks, the idea was to create brushes with multitasking abilities, tools that provide a fun experience and that inspire you to use different products, maybe different techniques. The results are extremely important but the whole experience is just as important to me.
This post is to explain how I use the new brushes from the Keyaki V2 set in my daily routine, how I assign them to different tasks depending on the products I use. I am 51 and while my make-up routine has quite a few steps and products, it remains comfortable and soft. Due to my extremely dry skin I don’t go for full coverage unless it’s for special occasions.
This post features the 5 brushes in the mini Keyaki set V2:
Below is how I use these little Keyaki brushes for my everyday make-up routine, what type of products I use with them, for a look that I take anywhere. The products mentioned below are just an example, I have a room full of make-up and brushes and my make-up products are rotating constantly.
Under each section, I’ll mention the brushes that I use or that I would reach for depending on the product, these pics will also show you the size of the brushes.
BARE SKIN – PREP
My skin is extremely dry and sensitive, with sun damage and imperfections. I don’t do skin treatments, I am trying to change this and find treatments that suit my needs. In the meantime, I need a good serum and an extremely emolient cream before my make-up. The very emolient cream is why you don’t see the dry patches here but they are actually everywhere. This means that my make-up application needs to remain dewy, and I cannot go for full coverage for a full day wear. I don’t regulargly use foundation primers but I do use an eyeshadow base everyday.
BASE APPLICATION [Jumbo Base – Jumbo Worker – Detail]
I apply one layer of Natasha Denona Face Glow, shade 40, with the Jumbo Base, patting it and then blending the application softly, from the center outwards, working with the tips on the slanted side of the brush.
Then, I use the Detail brush to place the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye (shade Neutral-Medium). This brush is precise enough to target just the darker areas around the eyes, sometimes it’s a dark line.. sometimes it’s a huge circle… but I can just paint it and since the brush still has layers and some body, I can use this same brush to diffuse and blend it and keep it just along that area where it’s needed.
If I need more brightness or coverage around the eyes or in specific areas, I will apply more concealer (a pen type of fluid concealer) or just more foundation and I will use the Jumbo Worker to blend it.
If I need to touch-up my foundation during the day, this is the brush I will use as my foundation tends to disappear under the eye area, specially when wearing a mask.
Since I cannot wear a lot of foundation, I love to use the Danessa Myricks Waterproof Cream palette (The Essentials) to add more structure or a bit more coverage just locally where I need to. These creams are wonderful and they do not emphasize pores or wrinkles.
I need to mix the two lightest shades in her palette to find the right color to use, I use the Jumbo Base to stamp the shades and to blend. I will use the Jumbo Worker if the placement needs to be more precise. Sometimes I place with the Jumbo Worker and blend out with the Jumbo Base.
SETTING [Soft Face – Jumbo Worker – Jumbo Base]
I usually don’t need to set my foundation with powder since my skin is so dry. Sometimes I use powder bronzer to set as it delivers structure while setting at the same time.
I will apply it with this Soft Face brush, this brush can move with enough precision around the face and stay away from the cheek area for example.
You can also use the Soft Face for buffing and finishing powders but it’s going to be a gentle buffing, it’s an airy brush with movement and moderate firmness.
If I need to set my foundation on a smaller perimeter I will use the Jumbo Worker, I love this brush paired with lightweight pressed setting powders like the Surratt Perfectionniste.
My foundation application is usually very dewy due to the emolient skincare that I need to use, but depending on the humidity outside or if it’s a special occasion, I will set my foundation or I will add a little bit more coverage with powder or even a powder foundation and using the Jumbo Base brush, here I used the Dolce & Gabbana Foundation Powder (shade Warm 100).
The lipstick combo in this pic is Tara Lynn’s collection with C. Audette. On the eyes I used the latest Wayne Goss Smoky Quartz palette.
COLOUR AND STRUCTURE [Soft Face – Jumbo Worker – Jumbo Base]
The Jumbo Base is also a brush I love to use with cream blushes, or even hybrid formulas, here I used it with the Nars Exposed Cheek palette, the shades in that palette have a gel-powder type of formula. I love the dewy and subtle result of the bright shades in that palette paired with this brush, it gives a very natural flush of color.
I stamp the product gently and the brisles diffuse the application as they bounce on the skin.
If I go for a powder blush, I’ll use the Soft Face brush. This brush can be used with blush, contour or finishing powders.
It’s quite small in size but it splays out and moves softly, it can also be used with bronzer as I mentioned before but for a more structured application of bronzer.
I often use the Jumbo Worker with highlighter, specially with hybrid formulas, with creams and liquids. I pick up the product with the surface of the brush, press it or tap it gently and blend out.
For the application of powder highlighters, it may work but the result will depend on the texture and the intensity of the product that you use. If you want to use an eyeshadow as highlighter, this brush will probably fit the smaller pans and allow you to do so easily.
EYESHADOW [Detail – Crease]
The Detail brush is a versatile workhorse. Here I am applying the Mac paintpot in Constructivist all over the mobile lid, and extending on the outer V, depending on the angle we can work with the tip, the edge or the side of the brush. I used it for the bottom lashline too with the same paintpot.
This brush is really easy to use, with powders, creams or toppers, it allows to build up the application effortlessly. Here I worked with a cream but if you use only powder shadows, it works too.
I applied a neutral shade on the crease area with the Crease brush. The size, density and shape are ideal, it’s not a floppy brush so the tip of the brush is easy to manoeuvre, it can be used on the entire eye area, on the crease or on the mobile lid.
I use the Detail brush to work with the glittery shades or toppers, here I am working with the Hourglass Scattered Light in Aura that I placed on the mobile lid on top of the Mac paintpot.
LIPS – [Detail]
I love to apply bright lip colors with this Detail brush. I don’t love to wear super bright colors as they don’t usually suit me but when applied as a soft wash of colour, without liner, I do absolutely love them!
This brush is not going to deliver a precise placement at all but it’s what I love about it, just a soft veil of a bright beautiful color is perfect for me!
This lipstick is Mel’s Puffin, the one she did in collaboration with Christian Audette. It’s now my most loved and used lipstick, for so many reasons.
My favorite technique to apply it is with this Detail brush. The soft hue achieved with this brush is perfect for me, although you could use pretty much any brush to achieve this application.
Mel, I am always and forever thinking of you.
I will use the same brush for several tasks so a microfiber towel is really useful to clean them in between products.
There is a separate post with details about each brush here, please kindly keep in mind that these brushes have short handles and that these handles are truly special, manufactured following traditional Japanese woodworking techniques, hence the cost.
The brushes are washed and sanitized before shipment but if you wash the brushes before use, this will allow the bristles to splay out and reach their intented shape.
Thank you for reading this post with my examples, I hope this helps you imagine ways you could use these brushes, as part of your daily routine or maybe at the office or on the go!
I would be happy to read your comments so please do not hesitate to leave me your messages, questions or comments below.
The set is Limited Edition and will retail for 160 USD, it will be available on Beautylish, starting on the 20th of July at 10am PT.