Allow me to introduce my go-to 'base' of late. Whilst in Dubai, the two products above (guess which) were the only things I used as a base, and pretty much the most intricate step of my routine. This was mainly due to the fact that warm weather and sunshine does generally nice things to your skin anyway, but regardless of the healing properties of sunlight - dark circles and jet lag aren't so easily willed away. I was suffering with some pretty blue-tinged baggies under my eyes for the first few days (a culmination of lack of sleep, anxiety about our flight, and just general time-zone confusion). I needed a fix!

Luckily, in a moment of revelation, I pulled out my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush from my Core Collection kit which I'd packed into my travel bag for reasons unknown. Truth be told I'd always struggled to find a good use for this one, as I'm not really one for 'painting on' foundation with a brush like this, I much prefer to buff and work the stuff into the skin. That aside, I am SO happy that the thought occurred to me to use this for my under eye concealer. With how soft and flexible the brush is it hugs the contours of the eye socket beautifully and 'painting' with a liquid concealer means you get a really natural looking, soft focus finish every time.

The other reason the pairing works so well? The formulation of the NARS Creamy Concealer - I've ranted about this one before. I'm under no illusions that something like Seventeen Phwoarr Paint would work as well with this technique - your concealer has to be quite thin enough to move around and not too tacky, which is what makes the creaminess of this one really pay off with brush application. I thought I'd seen the best of this concealer already but I was SO wrong!

A word of warning though - the concealer, while creamy and easy to work with at first, does set pretty quickly. Which is ace for wearability and durability throughout your day but, when applying, I would always suggest to do one eye at a time, otherwise you might end up with some splotchy application! I usually dot the concealer a few times in the darkest affected areas around the eye, blend out with the brush, and then see if I want to top up.

Have you tried this combo? Do you find this concealer better to apply with a brush, or fingertips?

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  1. Sounds like a winning duo! I too own that brush, and never could figure out what to use it for! It was terrible for foundation but maybe I'll try it with concealer. I also plan on trying the Nars Concealer for myself very soon, hopefully it lives up to the hype!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    1. I promise you'll get more use out of it as a concealer brush Sheri - I have no idea why it's called a 'foundation' brush!! Puzzling. Oh, I really hope you enjoy the NARS concealer! It was definitely a stand-out of 2014 to me!

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  2. I literally never use that brush, but it seems perfect for under eye concealer application! I'm loving the NARS concealer but haven't used it under my eyes - I think my shade is too dark for there. Will have to give this technique a go though!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. I know what you mean - this brush was so unloved in my collection!!! I'm really glad I *finally* found a use for it - you should definitely give this a try! I hope it works out for you :) T xx

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  3. I am exactly the same (found no use for the brush) going to give this a try!!

    http://lauratalksout.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hope it works out for you Laura!! I was so happy to finally be able to use it! T xx

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  4. YAS, I LITERALLY USE THESE TWO TOGETHER TOO! It's actually the only time I use that stupidly useless brush, tbh. I tap on the NARS concealer, and dab at it with the brush, and I find this gives me more coverage than using my fingers.

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    1. I AM SO HAPPY SOMEONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS. Ugh - right?! I used to look at this brush like 'why you wanna be like that tho' and I had NO idea what to do with it. So happy we discovered this pairing! T xx

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  5. I recently purchased the Nars Creamy Concealer and the coverage has really impressed me. I do have to agree that it sets pretty quickly so you do have to work fast! x

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    1. Oh it's amazing isn't it? But yes, it can tend to 'goop' - the brush really does help blend it in a little nicer though :) T xx

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