I'm a makeup artist and literally have read every book on makeup. Besides Way Bandy, Michael Maron has been a true idol of mine before Kevyn Aucoin. I've always considered Michael Maron's Instant Makeover Magic my makeup bible until I lost it. It's a classic, but certainly no longer found in book stores. Thank goodness for Amazon. I bought this book again, used. Even though the book was written in the early eighties and his gorgeous photographs are in black and white (also typical of many beauty books of that era), his before-and-after transformations of various stars (as well as some real people) blow my mind (ignore the hairstyles). And his basic step-by-step advice, facial correction and highlighting and contouring hold up to today's standards. Regardless of the advancements in makeup technology, good, solid makeup advice is timeless as is this remarkable book.