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.

Deidra Hamilton

Deidra Hamilton, a native of Alabama has served in the cosmetics and beauty industry for 17 years. She embraced her cosmetics career in 1999 as the Fashion Fair counter manager at Parisians Eastdale Mall in Montgomery Alabama. She served there as a succesful Counter Manager for 8 years and created several loyal relationships with her client base in Montgomery. In 2007 the opportunity was presented to transfer to Atlanta Ga with Parisians. She transferred to Parisians Phipps Plaza in Buckhead Georgia and begin her career with Chanel Cosmetics in 2007. Deidra served at Phipps Plaza for almost three years. In 2009 She in enrolled in ISSN Esthetics program (the study of skin) to grasps a deeper understanding of the skin, skin care, and its functions. Deidra also had a great following for her makeup skills, education, and artistry on the Issn campus. Even as a student at Issn, Deidra continued to do several Atlanta weddings and freelance work for Chanel at Saks, Neimans, Nordstroms, Macy's, and Dillard's. She graduated in 2010 from International School of Skincare and Nails as a licensed estheticican and one of the top graduates in her class. In 2012 Deidra accepted the position as Chanel Counter Manager at Nordstroms Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, Ga. When Deidra begin her journey at Nordstroms, the counter was listed #9 in the department with with year end results of $393,000. Current to date the Chanel counter under Deidra's Leadership is #4 in the Nordstroms cosmetics department and on the verge of reaching 1 million in sales!! For 2015-2016 Deidra was awarded Chanel National Counter Manager of the year for the entire Chanel Brand where she attended the Annual Chanel National sales meeting and dined with the Global and National President of Chanel at Ritz Carlton in Amelia Islands. She was also chosen Chanel Southeast counter manager of the year and was awarded an all expense trip to New York City Chanel corporate office. In 2015 Deidra was selected as Nordstrom Customer Service All Star which is the highest customer service award extended to a Nordstroms employee. In 2015 Deidra was also name Nordstrom pacesetter which creates 10% of sales for the entire store volume. As a business manager, her faith in Jesus Christ, maintaining a positive attitude, and creating a fun, fair, and respectable work ethic has highly contributed to her success in the cosmetic industry. Deidra is humbled by her loyal clientale base and extends her services to clients all over the country. Deidra stands by the timeless quote of Maya Angelou..." People will forget what you did, they will forget what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel".

Thomas Swartz

Thomas Swartz, Chanel Master Artist






Diane Homer

Diane Homer is an Atlanta based Freelance Makeup Artist.
Originally from Scotland, Diane has 15 years experience in the Beauty Industry.
From a very early age, she was always performing facials and applying makeup to family members and had a clear passion for making people not only look good, but feel good too.

Beginning at College, Diane gained a Higher National Diploma in Beauty Therapy and went on to work in salons and day spas utilizing her skills until 2005, when she was accepted for an exclusive job as an Inflight Beauty Therapist with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Following her experiences with Virgin Atlantic, Diane's career progressed into sales and training consultant roles, working with luxury beauty brands, such as Elemis UK, Decleor Paris and Christian Dior.
In November 2010, Diane moved to Atlanta and wanted to continue her love and passion for all things beauty. Diane is the founder of Diane's Wedding Belles and Diane Homer Makeup, alongside serving on the freelance team at the best cosmetic store in Atlanta, Woo Skincare and Cosmetics. She has assisted on the movie Stand Your Ground. She is a proud A-list member of Makeup Artists of Atlanta since 2011 and serves on the Leadership Team.

Carime Randolph

Carime Randolph, a native of Colombia, South America, has lived in Atlanta most of her life. She is a Freelance Makeup artist, since 2003.  Her makeup experience includes bridal, TV/print, film, runway, and special FX. She worked with three-time Emmy award winner News Anchor Judith Martinez at Telemundo Atlanta for 2 ½ years. There she was interviewed as one of the makeup experts in a segment titled How To Care for Makeup in which she discussed makeup bacteria and expiration date. She has done makeup demonstrations at the Professional Makeup Artist Convention (PMAC), Paul Mitchell School, Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics and the BeMine conference, where she conducted a demonstration for middle school and high school age ladies focusing on enhancing their natural beauty.  Her work has been seen in Say Yes To The Dress, Ambush Makeover and Wedding magazines. She assisted with makeup for the “Stand Your Ground” movie. She is one of the A-list makeup artists with Makeup Artists of Atlanta, and serves on the leadership team. She previously served as a judge for the Miss Bella Latina pageant.

Carime also currently works part time as a registered dental hygienist in Gwinnett and attends Ministry school. She enjoys volunteering with dental clinics as well as educating children on their oral health for organizations in the metro Atlanta area such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and local church ministries.

Carime has really enjoyed sharing her gift of makeup artistry as a form of ministry to help women regain their confidence, realize their self worth, and embrace their God-given beauty. She has worked with battered women and has volunteered in a women’s shelter where she had the opportunity to love, encourage and help women feel and look beautiful and educate them on self-makeup application for job interviews. Her heart is to continue working with battered women and young ladies to help them focus on their own God-given unique beauty and in the future to launch and succeed in her own makeup line.

Andrea Kessel

Andrea Mast Kessel has been a Certified Make-up Artist for nearly 15 years. She has experience as an Aesthetician and is knowledgeable about skin types, skin problems and how to correct them.

She studied under 4-time Emmy winner Nyssa Greene and worked under the direction of Key Make-up Artist Alicia Brown.

Andrea believes that the customers' needs and personal preferences are of the utmost importance. Andrea is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of her business is from repeat customers and referrals. Andrea welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.


Candace Collier

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.



Kat Pfender, Founder & Owner

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. 

In 2010, Kat 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 is the owner and lead instructor at www.AtlantaMakeupAcademy.com as well as a Substitute Instructor for the makeup chapter of the Esthetics program in several schools throughout the Atlanta area.

In 2013, Kat got married, changing her name from Kat Flynt to Kat Pfender and semi-retired from working on the commercial side of the industry, returned to the bridal side only part-time, and in 2016 handed over the role as President of Makeup Artists of Atlanta to Kimberly Crocker who had been an active member and served on the leadership team since early in 2009 co-hosting and coordinating many of the events with Kat. As the owner, Kat continues to maintain and update the website and membership lists.