Our Leadership Team

Leaders in our industry here in Atlanta have come together to form our leadership team for Makeup Artists of Atlanta. We meet for lunch once per quarter in Atlanta to plan events for our members. We focus on events that will help new makeup artists grow their business as a Freelance Makeup Artist as well as networking opportunities for seasoned Makeup Artists.

Kimberly Crocker, President

Kimberly Crocker is a licensed Master Cosmetologist and well known Make-up artist in the Southeast. Kimberly made the move to Atlanta with a focus on fashion design and modeling in 1997. Her love for the Beauty and Entertainment industry have been a very influential part of her life. Over the past 20 years, Kimberly has worked with some of the top make-up artists throughout the country. Kimberly is proud to be an A-List member for Makeup Artists of Atlanta, where she also serves on the Leadership Team.

Kimberly's expertise in beauty make-up has landed her opportunities to work with top talent such as Entertainment Tonight's Co-Host Rocsi Diaz and from Bravo's -The New Atlanta Africa Miranda, just to name a few.

She currently is the official Hair/Make-up artist for Crocker Photo, working along side her husband Brandon Crocker (photographer). Kimberly is actively involved in many charitable organization such as Mental Health America, American Diabetes Association, Dress for Success and others throughout her community.

Kimberly has been an active member and served on the Leadership Team of Makeup Artists of Atlanta since 2009 and was honored to accept the position as President in 2016. As the President of Makeup Artists of Atlanta, Kimberly's role is that of heading up all of our members events including our quarterly Makeup Artists Socials, Leadership Lunch Meetings, and our Pro Industry Events.

Candace Collier, Director of Education

Candace began her full-time freelance career as a professional makeup artist in 2010, where she quickly carved a niche for herself in the high-definition news and corporate video space.  Informed by her former business roles with Turner Broadcasting and ABC-Disney, Candace regards her expertise as mastering the intersection of beauty and professionalism for her on-camera clients. 

Over the years she has developed techniques for achieving maximum impact with minimum product, and loves to teach the art of clean, and sometimes imperceptible, makeup.  Candace is a proud graduate of the Atlanta Makeup Academy and holds a Master’s Degree from Tulane University.

Now, Candace shares her expertise and knowledge as the Lead Instructor and Owner of Atlanta Makeup Academy. See www.AtlantaMakeupAcademy.com for more information about her complete Media Makeup Course and her Makeup Workshops. Click here for portfolio.

Kat Pfender, Founder

Photo of Kat Flynt by J M PolsfussAtlanta based freelance makeup artist, Kat Pfender (previously known as Kat Flynt) is best known for her clean makeup applications that enhance the natural beauty.  With more than 20 years experience and a clientele that spans the eastern United States from Atlanta to New York, her body of work – which includes commercials, video productions, print advertising, catalogues, and fashion editorials – exemplifies her ability to enhance the natural beauty of the face as well as creating flawless, modern looks specifically for each project or special occasion. 

Kat first got her start applying makeup for an Atlanta area studio's glamour shoots in 1993. From there she began receiving requests to do bridal makeup and entire wedding parties. In 2002, after nine years of successfully proving her natural talent and self taught skills, she chose to continue her education and become a licensed Esthetician (Skin Care Specialist). Kat continued to pursue her education over the next few years during which time she also served on the freelance teams for Chanel, MAC and Bobbi Brown before moving on to the fashion and commercial advertising side of the industry.

In 2004, Kat refocused her makeup career, turning more towards fashion editorials, print advertising and television commercials. For the next ten years her focus was makeup for print advertising, television commercials and video productions. Highly skilled at clean, fresh, modern makeup application (both traditional and airbrushed), she brought to every job an aptitude for organization, creativity, and a positive attitude.  Kat founded www.MakeupArtistsofAtlanta.com in 2004. In 2006 Kat founded Atlanta Makeup Academy and soon after chose once again to continue her education to become a Licensed Esthetic Instructor and enrolled in the Instructors Program at the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics. Kat was the owner and lead instructor at www.AtlantaMakeupAcademy.com from 2006 until 2017 when Candace took over. Kat has also served as a Substitute Instructor for the makeup chapter of the Esthetics program in several schools throughout the Atlanta area. Click here for portfolio.