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 http://www.makeupbyrenren.com, http://www.youtube.com/makeupbyrenren, or www.RenelynThomas.com 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 https://mightygoods.com/makeup-artist-packing/

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 www.renelynthomas.com 

Greek Bridal Makeup

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At 7 weeks post partum, I got back to work with my first wedding since having baby girl.  It was like riding a bike.  I got to do makeup for a lovely bride and her sister.  It was also my first Greek wedding.  Check out the glamorous makeup we did for her traditional ceremony.


After her trial we made a few changes – we went for a gold eye over silver and went with airbrushed makeup over traditional foundation.  She loved it!  It’s always good to be flexible with your bride and give them options.  Open communication is key to having a happy client.

On the lips I used a gorgeous neutral berry color from my Viseart Lip Palette – 02 Classic Paris Velvet.  It was my first time using this color on a bride and it was really nice on her, perfect for her big Greek wedding and Fall time.

Hope you guys enjoyed!

Atlanta Makeup Artist

4 Ways to Achieve a Natural Bridal Makeover

Hi Bellas,

I wanted to share with you a before and after from a recent bridal trial. My Bride to Be was very natural. She prefers light makeup and wanted just enough to maker her look polished for her big day. This got me thinking…on Instagram and Social Media we see tons of tips for dramatic makeovers, but not enough for a natural look. So I gathered 4 easy tips that any non-MUA can accomplish for her big day. Check it out!

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