Renelyn Thomas of Makeup by Ren Ren was born in Riverside, CA in 1983. She was raised in Orlando, FL and then moved to Atlanta, GA in 2001 to attend Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Growing up she always wanted to become a successful Marketing Executive. After entering Corporate America, she felt like there was a missing piece to her creative side. She created her Beauty Blog in 2007 to fill a gap in the beauty industry. As an everyday consumer, she could not find products or artists that suited her ethnic features. She decided to fill this void by creating a blog catering to women of all ethnicities, ages, and walks of life.
Her blog reached international success, and she expanded Makeup By Ren Ren, the blog, to include video reviews and makeup tutorials on YouTube. Her YouTube page has received millions of views and her blog hits continue to increase month after month. She has also partnered with major cosmetic companies as a brand ambassador to offer product reviews, giveaways and interactive events for readers. After an overwhelming positive response, Renelyn entered into a professional career in Freelance Makeup working in every avenue from Bridal to Fashion, TV and Celebrity work.
Renelyn gained her Masters in Business Degree from Georgia State University in 2012. She combines her business expertise with her full time makeup career to elevate professionalism in the beauty arena. Renelyn is also the founder of the Atlanta Makeup Meetup Group, a Makeup Artist Networking Society, with over 1000 members. She has recently expanded her focus on makeup artist education as Co-Owner and Instructor at Industry Makeup Academy in Atlanta.