About the Artist:© 2010 J M Polsfuss

Atlanta 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 weddings, bridal magazines, television 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 early 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.

Fall of 2003, Kat refocused her makeup career, turning more towards fashion editorials, print advertising television commercials and video productions. For more than ten years (2003-2014) this was her primary focus. 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. 

In 2006, Kat was hired as an Assistant Instructor to teach the makeup chapter within an aesthetics program and also began mentoring new makeup artists. In 2010, she 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. She then founded Atlanta Makeup Academy to offer group classes to continue training new makeup artists which she continued for an additional seven years. She sold Atlanta Makeup Academy in September 2017 to return to the one-on-one mentoring. Kat also serves as a Substitute Instructor for the makeup chapter in several Esthetic and Cosmetology schools throughout the Atlanta area.

In 2013, Kat got married, changing her name from Kat Flynt to Kat Pfender and a year later refocused the direction of her business to return to her roots of doing makeup for weddings, as well as mentoring new makeup artists, and building a private clientele doing makeup for red carpet events and special occasions. Kat provides makeup lessons and makeup applications for her growing list of clients in the Atlanta area and also travels throughout the Southeast for weddings and for mentoring new makeup artists and helping them launch their own businesses in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama; all while still providing makeup for video productions.


A strong believer in continued education, Kat has completed the following courses:

International School of Skin Care
Atlanta, GA - Basic Esthetician Program

Elaine Sterling Institute
Advanced Aesthetics Classes
Lash Extensions Class

Sanda Gané Day Spa
Swiss Line Product Training
Advanced Facial Treatments

Kett Cosmetics
Basic Airbrush Makeup for Hi-Def
Advanced Airbrush Makeup Class

The Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics
Atlanta, GA - Instructors Program

Image Skincare
Basic Product Knowledge Class
Facial Treatments and Chemical Peels Class

Ryder Makeup Labs
Beauty Makeup Artistry

M.A.C. Pro Master Classes
Bridal Makeup Techniques
Runway Trends
Sculpting The Face

Professional Memberships:

During the period that Kat worked primarily on the media side of the industry (2003-2014) she was a member of the following organizations:

  • Women In Film & TV - Atlanta is an organization of women working in the film and television industry here in Atlanta.
  • Georgia Production Partnership is a not-for-profit coalition of leaders, companies and individuals who are active in the state's film, video, music, and digital industries. Established in 1998, this proactive group has been instrumental in the grass roots organization of the production community and the development of key legislative incentives. Our goal is to bring Georgia back to the forefront of U.S. production.
  • Georgia Film & Video Sourcebook is printed by Oz Online.

And she is still a member of:

  • Makeup Artists of Atlanta - is a group of makeup artists serving the Atlanta area who specialize in Bridal Makeup and/or Media Makeup who meet for a makeup artists social each quarter to share ideas and referrals.


Kat was the recipient of the Crystal Award from GAAP (Georgia Alliance for Aesthetic Professionals) in 2012.