Bridal Master Class

Hi Bellas,

I wanted to share some pictures from the IMA Bridal Boot Camp Master Makeup Course.  We held an 8 hour Bridal Intensive course for IMA alumni and prospective students in March.  I had the opportunity to do a demo – natural bridal and a second glam look.  Here’s the results!

My model Kalyn has amazing skin.  I wanted to emphasize her natural coloring by sticking with warm neutral tones.  This is the kind of makeup that let’s the bride shine through.


For the second look, I bumped up the makeup with a little more glam.  This is a great second look for a reception.  I applied smokey liner and a classic red lip.  This is a modern spin on a pin-up makeup, and will go with any bride and any dress.


Our students had a great time learning all about the bridal business and how to enter into the luxury bridal segment.  If you’re interested on courses at IMA, check us out at
To book me for your bridal makeup, visit




 Hi Bellas,

Check out my gorgeous client in her maternity pics.  I did a natural look to complement her mommy glow and the photos came out amazing!

My Client gave me free reign to do whatever I wanted.  However, knowing my client hardly wears makeup, I stuck with neutrals, focusing on clean skin and natural beauty.  I threw on my go to 747s false lashes to make eyes pop and make her feel extra special.
Here’s a breakdown of what I used:
Graftobian Warm Super Cream Palette
Makeup For Ever HD Foundation
Viseart Eyeshadows and Lipstick
MAC Cork Lip Pencil
Kevyn Aucoin Blush
MAC Brow Pencils
I’m also booked to do her upcoming wedding makeup soon.  I can’t wait to bump up the makeup a little more to go with her gorgeous glam wedding gown.  Stay tuned!
If you want to book me for makeup services, check out the link below!


Mother of the Bride Makeup

Hi Bellas,

I wanted to share you makeup from a wedding I did recently.  My first of 2021!  It was nice getting back to work in a safe and controlled environment.  I did the makeup for the Mother of the Bride and it turned out gorgeous.  Check it out!

A couple of requests from my client, she wanted matte skin, bronze eyes, a matte brown lip, and she wanted glam.  She is so naturally gorgeous I could’ve sworn she was the bride!

Here’s the before and after:

Eyes closed – I went for a bronze eye with a little bit of smoke.
I used some new products I picked up during the Holidays.  Some great new products I recommend include the Beauty Bakerie Brownie Palette for bronzing blush and highlight and the Natasha Denona Peak Palette in Peak.
I can’t wait to share pictures of the bride, coming soon!


Natural Glam Engagement Makeup

atlanta engagement makeup

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share the pictures from my client’s engagement photoshoot. The makeup was subtle glam and the shots came out amazing.  Check it out!

My focus on makeup was to subtle enhance the bride to be with neutral tones.  I knew I would be also doing her bridal shower and bridal makeup later on, so I wanted to start with more of a clean look and transition it to more for the big day.  I emphasized beautiful skin and a bit of shimmer on the eyes and lips.




This has been my go to style for makeup, keep my client’s looking like a polished version of themselves.  Can’t wait to share makeup from the bridal shower next week!
*Photos by Kelley Raye


Hi Bellas,

I was recently interviewed with other makeup artists on how I pack my kit and to share some of my kit must-haves. Check out the article below!

I was born to Filipino parents in Riverside, California, raised in Orlando, FL and currently living in Atlanta, GA.  I started my beauty journey over a decade ago. I had just finished Business School and was armed with my degree and prepared to take on Corporate America. However, about a year in the game, I noticed that something was missing. The creative side of my brain wasn’t being nurtured. I was always interested in beauty but it was just something I dabbled in – doing makeup on myself and my girlfriends for a night out.

In 2007, I decided to fill a gap in the beauty industry. As an everyday beauty consumer, I could not find products or artists that suited my Filipino features and skin tone. I decided to fill this void by creating a blog catering to women of all ethnicities, ages, and walks of life. I also expanded Makeup By Ren Ren, the blog, to include video reviews and makeup tutorials on YouTube. My YouTube page has received over 8 million views and my blog has been featured on many top websites. I have also partnered with major cosmetic companies to offer product reviews, giveaways and interactive events for readers. After an overwhelming positive response, I entered into a professional career in Freelance Makeup by launching Renelyn Thomas Makeup Artistry.

In 2016 I took the leap and left Corporate America for good to focus on my beauty career. I became co-owner of Industry Makeup Academy in Atlanta, offering aspiring makeup artists the opportunity to follow their dreams like I did. Check out,, or to learn more.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all makeup artists bring?
I always bring a makeup light. Without the proper lighting, all the makeup in the world can’t do anything to fix it.
I also bring water activated makeup remover towelettes. They do the job of removing makeup as well as cleansing the skin and you don’t need a separate makeup remover. Since they’re dry, they’re so travel friendly. They do the job of removing even the most stubborn waterproof makeup and help exfoliate as well. Makeup will not lay smoothly on top of dirty or dry skin and these towelettes are so simple to use and compact for travel. They’re great for use to prep the skin or end the night making sure you go to bed with a clean slate.
Always pack emergency items like a sewing kit, stain remover pen, mints, hair ties as these are the items that you or your client will always need in a pinch.
How do you bring things with you?

I pack tons of clear makeup bags. I have one for skincare, one for lips, one for eyes, face, etc. Keeping your makeup organized and contained prevents it from breaking when traveling and also makes finding items as well as clean up much quicker. I love the Zuca pouches – they’re durable, easy to clean and last forever. They also stack nicely in any luggage. But really any clear makeup bag, as long as it’s a thicker clear vinyl will work. You need to be able to see the product and grab them quickly. For powder products I go the extra step of wrapping them in bubble wrap to make sure they’re cushioned.

What are your top tips for other makeup artists?

Make a list before you pack and check items off so that you don’t forget everything. Try to have travel sized versions of skincare or put them in mini 3 oz bottles you can find in the travel aisle. The key is to be mobile. Use a luggage that you can put on your back easily or something that you can wheel but still be able to lift up stairs – that’s how you don’t overpack. I see a lot of makeup artists overpack or not organize their kit and it just looks unprofessional and slows down their makeup process.

To view the full article along with some great tips from five other MUAs, visit

Framewood Wedding Recap

Hi Bellas,

I just got back the pictures from a recent wedding.  I love the outcome.  My beautiful brushing brides and her chic smokey eyed bridesmaids.  Check it out!

Photos by:  Paul Rowland Photography
Working on the gorgeous bridesmaid – navy smokey eyes and nude lips.
I did a natural makeup on the cutest junior bridesmaid ever.  Her mom was very happy with the subtle look.
I also did the mother of the bride, the makeup looked so good on her and definitely took years off.  She had me cracking up in my chair.
Onto the beautiful bride!  She wanted to look like herself but with a little bit of sparkle.  I think we accomplished it.
I applied individual lashes and went for a combination of pinks and plums.
Her dress was so elegant, love this shot.
The makeup looks super natural in the sunlight…always make sure to put extra time into blending for daytime weddings.
Her bouquet is everything!
The Bride and her crew!  Shout out to my assistant Orie Leanne Makeup for helping me with the makeup.
Hope you all enjoyed the pictures!  If you’re interested in booking me for your wedding, send me a note on my professional website