...and poorly organized. I realise I am a nay-sayer among all these enthusiastic reviews, but I was unimpressed with The Makeup Artist Handbook. (Grammar police here--shouldn't it have been 'Artist's', with the possessive?) Yes, there is good information here, and yes, a fair number of color pictures, but it seemed things were thrown in randomly, to pad the book, or perhaps to justify the inclusion of another friend of the authors as a contributor, and sometimes only to justify an odd reference at the end of the chapter. Why, in chapter TWO of this book, (where other books might be discussing shading and highlighting), do we have a list of diseases, disorders, and environmental conditions that include Anthrax, Leukemia, and Heat Exhaustion? Okay, when discussing Psoriasis, we find out how to camouflage it--but since we haven't even yet learned how to prep clean, healthy skin, isn't this a bit out of place? If I'm being told about Leukemia because I might have to mimic the look in makeup, is it really necessary for me to know "Blood disorder. No one knows the cause of this disease, although genetics, environment, and the immune system might play a part."? Interesting, perhaps, but helpful? Wouldn't a photo of a leukemia patient be more helpful, and a step-by-step discussion of how to create that look be even more helpful? In the same chapter, there are figures of the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the vascular system. Okay on the first two, but the VASCULAR system? Why? The whole book strikes me this way--very poorly organized. In the chapter on design, there's a discussion on aging, with some good tips and pictures--but no similar discussion on what to do when you have to reverse the process, and make an actor look younger. Chapter nine is titled HAIR--perhaps it will be about styling, putting in extensions, various kinds of wigs? No, the entire chapter is about false beards. And again, no discussion of the converse, how to successfully mask a deep five o'clock shadow. There are much better books out there--I recommend Rosemarie Swinfield's Stage Makeup Step-by-Step.