'Make-Up Artist' Pro Card

Make-Up Artist magazine is proud to work with these companies to provide you additional Pro-Card discounts. (List subject to change.)

Alcone (U.S.)
Eve Pearl (U.S.)
Guru Makeup Emporium (U.K.)
Media Makeup (AUS)
Naimie’s Beauty Center (U.S.)
Nigel Beauty Emporium (U.S.)
PAM (Makeup Artist Provisions)
PM Studio (AUS)
Showface (AUS)
The Make-Up Foundation (AUS)

This is our highest-level, invitation-only card. It’s awarded to select individuals for their leadership and their contributions to the industry. Applications are not accepted for this card.

You must register for tickets by going to the individual IMATS city’s ticket page on ShowClix, entering your Pro-Card information and selecting the event tickets you would like. Pro-Card ticket allotments will be listed on the individual ticket pages.

The Make-Up Artist Gold Pro Card is exclusively for make-up artists affiliated with a trade union or make-up effects shop, who are represented by an agency or who work in approved, professional theater productions.

If you are affiliated with one of these groups and would like to request an upgrade, please email one of the following credentials to pro@makeupmag.com:

  • A copy of your Union card
  • Proof of employment at a make-up effects shop (for 1 year or more)
  • Direct link to your page on an agency’s website
  • A signed contract or pay stub from an approved, professional theater company

The card is exclusively for professional media make-up artists who work or have worked in print, film, theater, television and/or runway.

Below are the various Pro Cards and qualifications and requirements for each:

Gold Pro Card
The Gold Pro card is exclusively for make-up professionals who are represented by a recognized agency, affiliated with a trade union or make-up effects shop, or who work in theater.

-Government-issued photo ID, union card (for union members) or résumé
-Link to a personal profile on an agency website (for non-union, agency-represented makeup artists)

Standard Pro Card
This is our basic media make-up artist Pro Card.

-Government-issued photo ID
-Any three items from the following list: editorial page with name credit, diploma or certificate from recognized make-up academy, program/press materials listing your name, recent contract on production company letterhead, recent paystub from a production company, recent crew/call list on production company letterhead, IMDB listing, current dedicated website showcasing work

Esthetician/Cosmetologist Pro Card
The esthetician/cosmetologist Pro Card is exclusively for make-up artists who have attended cosmetology/esthetician school and have obtained an esthetician or cosmetology license.

-Government-issued photo ID
-Current esthetician license

Educator/Student Card
The Educator/Student Card is for current students and educators at recognized make-up schools.

-Government-issued photo ID
-Proof of school affiliation

Please provide at least three credentials from the list below, along with your résumé and photo ID.

  • Approved credentials:
  • Editorial page with name credit
  • Union Card
  • Diploma/ certificate from recognized make-up academy
  • Program/press materials listing your name (NOT a business card)
  • Recent pay stub from a production company
  • Crew/call list on production company letterhead
  • Contract on production letterhead
  • Proof of employment at a make-up effects shop
  • Agency representation (link to your page on agency website)
  • IMDB listing
  • Current, dedicated website showcasing work (blogs and social networking sites, such as, MySpace and Facebook, will not be accepted)
  • Copy of cosmetology or esthetician license

PLEASE NOTE: Discount cosmetic cards (like M.A.C. Pro cards) are not considered part of our approved credentials.

If you are unable to provide at least three different credentials from the list provided on the Pro Card page, your application will be declined.

We require a valid form of identification, such as a passport or driver’s license.

You can check the status of your Pro-Card application by sending us a message using the form found at https://makeupmag.com/support/. We will respond as soon as possible.

It takes 4-6 weeks for the approval process.

You will receive a confirmation email stating the status of your card, and it could take 4-6 weeks to be approved.

Your card will either be sent to you by mail or held at the IMATS of your choice for pick up.

Yes. Your Pro Card is valid for two years from the date of issuance and may be renewed once it expires.

There is a $10 replacement fee to reprint and send a new card. You may order your replacement card through the  Make-Up Artist online store.

You can email a request for a new card to pro@makeupmag.com, but there will be a $10 fee to reprint and send a new card. You will also need to mail in your old card before we can send the new one.

The Gold Pro Card is exclusively for make-up artists affiliated with a trade union or make-up effects shop, who are represented by an agency or who work in theater. Email your request for an upgrade to pro@makeupmag.com.


It’s best to submit your information as soon as possible. Here are the Make-Up Artist magazine deadlines for 2016 (subject to change):

118 (Feb./March): Information/images due 11/9/15
119 (April/May): Information/images due 1/4/2016
120 (June/July): Information/images due 3/7/2016
121 (Aug./Sept.): Information/images due 5/9/2016
122 (Oct./Nov.): Information/images due 7/5/2016
123 (Dec./Jan.): Information/images due 9/6/2016
124 (Feb./March): Information/images due 11/7/16

Submit your information, story ideas and images to Managing Editor Heather Wisner: heatherw@kpgmedia.com.

For more details on the magazine, including issue themes, follow the link to our media kit.

Wondering how to get published in Make-Up Artist magazine or on our websites, makeupmag.com and makeup411.com? It’s easy (and free)! Start by sending us a press release with the following information:

1. Who, what, when, where, why and how much. So if you’re having an event, tell us who you are, what the event is about, the days and times it will be held, the name and street address of the venue, an admission price and a phone number the public can call for information, tickets, etc.

2. Your contact information: e-mail addresses and phone numbers, in case we have questions for you.

3. High resolution (300 DPI) images no smaller than 5×7″. Along with photos, please include the names/titles of people in the photos and who should be credited for the photos.

We need information as early as possible. For the magazine, that means at least two months in advance. For the websites, we can take information up to two weeks before the event.

We’re interested in hearing about film, video, print, fashion, theater and runway make-up work and projects. We’re also interested in hearing about new make-up products and artists doing interesting things. We can’t promise we’ll do a story, but we promise to read what you send us and give it careful consideration.

Have questions? Contact Managing Editor Heather Wisner at heatherw@kpgmedia.com for questions about the magazine. Contact Online Editor Chelsea Grubbs at chelseag@kpgmedia.com for questions regarding makeupmag.com, makeup411.com or imats.net . Or you can reach both of them by phone at (360) 882-3488 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

You need a license to work in a salon. However, a license is not required to work in the entertainment industry where you work on performers. The government doesn’t have people qualified to license this kind of work. This has been one of the functions of the union. Now that the producers have cancelled the testing of artists, the government might require a license.

MICHAEL KEY, publisher of Make-Up Artist magazine:

Doing make-up for film and television can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. There are, however, many points to consider if you want to pursue a career in this part of the industry. Let’s look at the pros and cons, starting with the cons.

1. There are more make-up artists than there are jobs.
It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. The film and television make-up fields in the United States, England and Canada are so crowded that if no new artists came along in the next 10 years, it would still be possible to make the same number of movies, TV shows and commercials using just the make-up artists we have now. To succeed, you have to think like a professional athlete: If you are going to train and compete, your goal is to beat your competitor. Unfortunately, when you make the team, someone else may get cut.

2. Work can be sporadic.
Most make-up artists do not have as much work as they would like. You might be off for weeks or months.

3. The hours are long.
When you are working, plan on 12- to 16-hour shifts five to six days a week. And these might not happen during the day—they might be at night, or during both day and night. Working in film can be like joining the army. Production owns you until they are through with you. You don’t know when you can go home until it’s time to go, which is also when you find out your call time for the next day. You cannot plan for anything in your personal life during the week. If you work episodic television, you will work about 70 hours a week. Many nights you will just get your turn-around, which is a union term for the minimum time between your wrap and your next call time. This usually equates to nine hours for crew. That means you have nine hours to drive home, sleep, shower and drive back ready for work.

4. Locations can be remote.
You may have to live in a hotel away from family and friends for up to six months to a year. This may sound exciting at first, but after a month or so, your opinion may change—ask any traveling salesperson.

If these industry realities are not what you had in mind, there still many jobs for make-up artists outside the entertainment industry, including print and photography, salons, retail and manufacturing, just to name a few. Another option is volunteer work, which can give you artistic fulfillment without all the hassles of professional work. Theaters, churches and student films need make-up artists all the time.

However, if you still want to make your living doing make-up in film and television, even after hearing all this, I encourage you to do the following:

1. Be an excellent make-up artist.
We don’t need more mediocre ones.

2. Make sure you get good training.
Make-up schools are only as good as their teachers. Check out our school directory page for a list of schools worldwide, and our article on how to choose the best make-up school for you.

3. Be informed.
Get how-to and reference books and DVDs from the Make-Up Artist Shop, along with a subscription to Make-Up Artist magazine. It’s the voice of the make-up industry, with great interviews, news and techniques from working professionals. Our websites, makeupmag.com and makeup411.com, are great places to read the latest industry news, expert advice and more. Social networking is also a great way to learn from other artists. Being part of our online community will help you learn, network and share questions and information with other people who are passionate about make-up artistry. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

4. Attend the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show.
Six times per year, in six cities worldwide, we offer the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, which features keynote presentations, classes, demos and more from the best artists in the business. You can get more education in one IMATS weekend than you can during a month anywhere else. IMATS is also a great place to network, which makes a major difference in your career. For more informatino, visit our website: www.imats.net.

I hope these tips will empower you to make the best decision. My desire is not to crush your love of make-up artistry, but to help you find the best outlet for that passion.


Get all your IMATS questions answered here: imats.net.


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Below you will find the schedule of when you will receive your first issue. (Dates are subject to change.)

Date Ordered  and Issue You Will Receive

Before Nov. 1, 2015 #117 (Dec./Jan. issue, ships approx. Oct. 23)
Before Jan. 1, 2016 #118 (Feb./Mar. issue, ships approx. Dec. 18)
Before March 1, 2016 #119 (Apr./May issue, ships approx. Feb. 26)
Before May 1, 2016 #120 (June/July issue, ships approx. April 29)
Before July 1, 2016 #121 (Aug./Sept. issue, ships approx. June 24)
Before Sept. 1, 2016 #122 (Oct./Nov. issue, ships approx. Aug. 26)
Before Jan. 1, 2017 #123 (Dec./Jan. issue, ships approx. Oct. 21)

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