One-Year Makeup Artist Mentorship Program:

Previous owner and lead instructor of Atlanta Makeup Academy, Kat Pfender, now provides one-on-one Makeup Artist training and mentorship in Athens, GA. This one-year Makeup Artist Mentorship Program begins with seven one-on-one private mentoring sessions as outlined below. These seven mentor sessions are spaced approximately one week apart and are scheduled from 9:30am until 3:00pm on weekdays (preferably seven consecutive Mondays but days of mutual convenience for the Mentor and the student) in Kat Pfender's home on the east side of Athens. The student then has one full year (from the date of first mentor session) of unlimited emails, texts, voice calls, and video chats with your Makeup Artist Mentor. Student receives certification for "The Complete Media Makeup Course" upon completion of the seven mentoring sessions and successful completion of final exam as well as the specialized certification for each session.

This mentorship package includes:

  • The Basic Fundamentals of Makeup
  • Lash Enhancements & The Business of Bridal Makeup
  • Portfolio Building + Makeup for Fashion & Photography
  • Basic Airbrush + Intro to Hi-Def Makeup
  • Advanced Airbrush + Makeup for TV & Video Productions
  • Career Planning and Marketing
  • The Complete Media Makeup Course Student Workbook (115 pages)
  • One full year of unlimited mentorship via phone and email

All for only $2,995 (plus makeup kit, brushes & airbrush system sold separately)

Note: Tuition price does NOT include the purchase of your Makeup Kit and Airbrush System. These are sold separately because many of our students are already working as Makeup Artists and have already started building their makeup kits and do not need these additional expenses added to tuition cost. However, these purchases are NOT required in order to take our one-year makeup artist mentorship program as we will provide everything needed for your in-class use. You will be provided a list of recommendations during your very first mentor session for completing your makeup kit and a list of the items you will need for completing your hands-on practice homework.


MUA Mentor Session 1: "The Basic Fundamentals of Makeup"

Color Theory is one of the principal foundations of everything that the makeup artist does. Successfully recognizing and matching a client's skin tone and underlying tones, good corrective and camouflage makeup, enhancing or complementing natural coloring, all relies on color as much as makeup application techniques. Also, understanding what colors cancel each other out are essential for color corrections in makeup application. Skills in contouring and highlighting are also essential in building a good solid foundation in your makeup application. This mentor session covers all of those basics and so much more....

Mentor Session One Outline:

  • Career Opportunities for Makeup Artists in Atlanta
  • Professional Image
    • Attitude / Self-Awareness
    • Physical Appearance
    • Virtual Presence
    • Social / Interactive Presence
  • Skills / Knowledge
    • Recommended Books
    • Vocabulary Words
    • Etiquette of working with other Makeup Artists
  • Makeup Kit
  • Caring for Your Brushes
  • Infection Control
  • Basic Hygiene for Makeup Applications
  • Color Theory
  • Makeup Formulations
  • Basic Makeup Application Process
  • Face Shapes and Proportions
  • Highlighting & Contouring
  • Corrective Makeup
  • Makeup Demonstration by Mentor
  • Hands-on Practice by Student

MUA Mentor Session 2: "Lash Enhancements & The Business of Bridal Makeup"

Prerequisite to taking this session: student must have a basic understanding of color theory, contouring & highlighting and is ready to take those skills to the next level. This mentor session covers everything from marketing yourself in the bridal market to conducting a trial run, your contract with the bride and collecting payments. This session also covers most types of lash enhancements including strips, tabbing and lash extensions.

Mentor Session Outline:

  • Marketing in Bridal Market
  • Branding
  • Your Business Cards
  • Run it like a business!
  • Your Rate Sheet
  • Trial Run
    • Choose the Look for the Bride
    • Consultation Notes
    • Your Contract with Bride
  • Current Trends
  • Skincare Tips for Bride
  • Structure and Function of the skin
  • Skincare before makeup
  • Makeup tips for mature skin
  • Skincare, makeup and grooming for men
  • Brow Design
  • Lash Enhancements
    • Lash Strips
    • Lash Tabbing
    • Lash Extensions
  • Makeup Demonstration by Mentor
  • Hands-on Practice by Student

MUA Mentor Session 3: "Portfolio Building + Makeup for Fashion & Photography"

Students who have completed sessions one and two will already understand: Color Theory, Contouring & Highlight, Concealer & Corrective Makeup, Basic Beauty Makeup Application and Lash Enhancements. The Portfolio Building + Makeup for Fashion & Photography is a continuation in which students will build upon their knowledge of basic makeup application with more advanced techniques, advanced eye makeup techniques, an understanding of how makeup looks on camera as well as walk away with a clear direction for building their portfolios.

Mentor Session Outline:

  • Portfolio Development
  • Makeup for Media
  • Best Lighting
  • Artificial Lighting to Avoid
  • Makeup for Model Tests
  • Makeup for Fashion Photography
  • Learn Your Market
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Makeup Demonstration by Mentor
  • Hands-on Practice by Student

MUA Mentor Session 4: "Basic Airbrush plus Intro to Hi-Def Makeup"

In this session you will learn the difference between the single and dual action airbrushes, correct application using dashes and dots, illustration art techniques, airbrush equipment maintenance and trouble shooting and so much more....

Mentor Session Outline:

  • Makeup Techniques for Hi-Def
  • Introduction to Airbrush
    • The Airbrush Gun
    • Kett Cosmetics Product Info
  • Hands-on Airbrush Practice on Charts
  • Makeup Demonstration by Mentor
  • Hands-on Airbrush Practice by Student

MUA Mentor Session 5: "Advanced Airbrush + Makeup for TV & Video Productions"

Prerequisite to attending this session is completion of our Basic Airbrush Workshop (detailed above) and attendees will already know how to do correct dots and dashes. In this session we will move on to more advanced techniques including eyes, contouring, and highlighting in addition to covering the business essentials to working in the commercial side of the industry doing makeup for TV commercials and hi-definition video productions.

Mentor Session Outline:

  • Opportunities in TV & Video
  • Promoting Yourself to Production Companies
  • Ever Changing Industry
  • Career in TV Makeup
  • Assisting
  • Key Makeup Artist
  • Developing the Designs
  • Makeup & Hair Continuity
  • Advanced Airbrush Techniques
  • Camouflage & Tattoo Coverage
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Body Painting
  • Special Effects
  • Hands-on Airbrush Practice on Charts
  • Makeup Demonstration by Mentor
  • Hands-on Airbrush Practice by Student

MUA Mentor Session 6: "Career Planning and Marketing"

This session is all about your career planning and marketing yourself as a Freelance Makeup Artist.

Mentor Session Outline:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Choosing a Career Path
  • Developing Your Rate Sheet
  • Kit Fees
  • Professional Image
  • Etiquette of Makeup Artists
  • Setting Up Your Office
  • Setting Up Your Business
  • Goal Setting
  • Career Planning
  • Vision & Mission Statements
  • Business Plan
  • Before Accepting Assignments
  • Marketing Materials
  • Your Website
  • Your Business Cards
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Branding Yourself
    • Company Brands
    • Personal Branding
  • Creating Visibility for Yourself
  • Self Promotion
  • Building Relationships
  • Understanding Networking
  • Building a Clientele
  • and so much more .....

MUA Mentor Session 7: "Review and Final Exam"

This session is all about making sure you are ready to hit the ground running!!

Mentor Session Outline:

  • Your Goal Portfolio
  • Your Business Cards
  • Your Website
  • Your Commercial Rate Sheet
  • Your Bridal Rate Sheet
  • Written Final Exam
  • Practical Final Exam


How to Register:

Step One: Call
Call (770) 365-2855 and leave a voice mail stating your name, phone number, and what month you would like to start your mentorship. Instructor Kat Pfender will personally call you back within 24 hours to schedule your mentor sessions.

Step Two: Pay Tuition
Pay your tuition using the add-to-cart button below. You do not have to have a PayPal account if paying by MasterCard, Visa, Discover or AMEX. Payments are processed securely through our business PayPal account.

Use this payment button to pay the $2,995 tuition:


Dear Makeup Artist,

We are excited that you have chosen our Makeup Artist Mentorship Program and have reserved your seven one-on-one mentor sessions. We understand that sometimes things can come up and you may have to change your schedule. We can not issue refunds but we are happy to reschedule after you send written notice to kat@katpfender.com at least two (2) weeks prior to date reserved.

Location: All of the Makeup Artist Mentor Sessions are held in Kat's home on the east side of Athens, GA.

Cancellations: No refunds. When you make a payment to sign up for our Makeup Artist Mentorship Program - you are paying a non-refundable retainer fee to reserve the dates on the Instructor's calendar. However, if you notify us of your need to reschedule with a written notice at least two weeks prior to the date reserved then we will be happy to reschedule your appointment within 30 days of original appointment. Cancellations received less than two weeks prior to the date reserved will require a reschedule fee of $150 which will be due prior to your next appointment. Should student decide not to reschedule within 30 days - unused credits are forfeited with no refunds. Use this button to pay $150 reschedule fee after you have reserved a new date for the appointment being rescheduled:

No Show: If you pay the non-refundable retainer fee to reserve dates on the Instructor's calendar and you fail to show up for your appointment without any written notice prior to the appointment date and time then you have automatically forfeited all future appointments as well as all payments made. The rare exception to reschedule would require proof of emergency (ex. accident report) but no refunds.


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