IMATS and Make-Up Artist magazine have the tools you need to succeed as a make-up artistry student and professional. We can help you choose the best school for you, network with professional artists, challenge yourself and shop for all the products you need to stock your kit.

Ways to help you succeed

Make-up School Directory

Visit the Make-Up Artist magazine School Directory for a comprehensive, and growing, list of make-up schools from around the world. You’ll find detailed information on courses offered and program costs.

Wondering if your school is a recognized make-up school? Search the directory to see if it’s listed. If your school is not listed, have your school’s staff fill out and submit the application form for consideration.

Make-Up Artist Educator/Student Card

Make-Up Artist magazine Educator/Student CardAt IMATS and Make-Up Artist magazine we know you’re serious about make-up artistry, and we want to recognize that with the Make-Up Artist Educator/Student Card.

This card for students and educators at recognized make-up schools provides multiple privileges and perks throughout the year, such as discounted subscriptions to Make-Up Artist magazine, discounted IMATS tickets and access to pro-only hours and events—where you can network with fellow artists and shop for products.

Go to the Make-Up Artist Pro-Card page to apply.

Battle of the Brushes

Long before there was Syfy’s Face Off there was the IMATS Battle of the Brushes! Established in 1998, the student competition showcases international make-up students and recent alumni from recognized schools as they race to complete winning looks. Past winners have gone on to work on such high-profile productions as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and more.

During the show, IMATS visitors are welcome to watch as finalists compete. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners for each competition.

Visit each city’s Battle of the Brushes page for entry details. 


Los Angeles: Postmark by October 24, 2016, Results announced week of November 21, 2016
New York City: Postmark by January 30, Results announced week of February 20
London: Postmark by March 13, Results announced week of April 3
Sydney: Postmark by May 22, Results announced week of June 5
Toronto: Postmark by June 19, Results announced week of July 10
Vancouver: Postmark by August 14, Results announced week of September 4


"It was the most fun and stimulating thing because I was competing in the thing I do best—imagining things and imprinting them in the human body." – Lymari Millot, IMATS Los Angeles 2008 Battle of the Brushes first-place winner in the beauty/fantasy category