My brows and I have had quite the journey together. Firstly there was the moment of realisation. That moment when I suddenly realised that there were two rather prominent dark brows there in plain view...on my face. From that moment on they were all I could look at and caused a considerable amount fretting on my part. I was baffled as to why the little hairs seemed to venture up to meet my hair line and why they seemed to have no definable shape whatsoever. The obvious solution, and the next stage of our journey together, was to pluck the life out of them. Not my best look. Then came the 15 year-old irrational anger I felt towards the hairs at the base of my brows that grew straight up... so those had to go. The unnaturally far apart look, also not great. Needless to say, my brows and I have had our up and downs, but I think in the last few years we have worked out our differences and we've got a good thing going.

I am useless at plucking, so for general maintenance I enlist the help of the trusty housemate. Thanks to her, the overall shape is fuller at the front, tapered at the end with a delicate arch. Although my brows can with out a doubt be classed as 'unruly', they are not what I would call 'full'. They are definitely in need of some filling in and combing through to help frame and finish off the face. I've gone through waves of swapping between pencils and powder (another learning curve) but my most recent find is by far my favourite. The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil (£26) is the perfect blend of powder and wax in pencil form.

There are three offerings in the colour range, of which I am the darkest 'Dark Brunette'. On one end you've got a handy spoolie, and on the other a triangular pencil. The shape is perfect for drawing in individual hairs that look soft and natural. I like to comb through with the spoolie, lightly fill in any sparse sections, and brush into place once more. The effect is far more subtle than you get from a powder and the consistency makes it just that much better than an average pencil. The waxy element helps all the hairs stay in place, so there's no chance of those crusty white patches you sometimes get with a setting gel. All in all, it acts as the best of both worlds, providing subtle definition that lasts all day. And if it can tame what I've got going on, I'd say it would be hard pressed not to work wonders on anyone.