Celebrity Makeup Artists during Women’s History Month

Hi Bellas,

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and we’re celebrating by highlighting women in makeup who are trailblazing the industry.

Today, we’re highlighting @patmcgrathreal @erika_lapearl_mua and @ctilburymakeup

Check out these amazing women in makeup and be sure to share with your fellow makeup lovers!


How to Deep Clean/Sanitize Your Makeup Kit and Apply Makeup Hygienically

Hi Bellas,

As we’re all trying to stay sane and healthy amongst the current Corona Virus crises, I thought it might be helpful to really show you how to sanitize and deep clean your makeup kit and the right way to hygienically apply makeup to your clients. I just finished deep cleaning my kit and I feel really great that I was able to do this during a time when I’m not currently working with clients or out teaching makeup classes.

Here are some of the items I recommended to keep your kit and makeup application sanitary and clean:

Parian Spirit brush cleaner spray (contains orange oil to help get rid of makeup stains) and large bottle to refill 
Cinema Secrets brush cleaner spray large bottle 
Beauty so clean sanitizing mist 
Da blot beauty finger palette
Alone wedge sponges
Brush cup that zips
Plastic Dropper bottles to put skincare and foundation
Vueset container for false lashes

FTC Disclosure: Amazon affiliate links included where I receive a small % based on purchases. I am not being paid by a sponsor to make this video.

Atlanta Airbrush Makeup

atlanta airbrush master class

Hi Guys,

By popular request I’ve brought back my Airbrush Makeup Master Class. I’m teaching an 8 hour one day intensive course to teach makeup artists how to incorporate Airbrush Makeup into their skillset. It’s a great investment for your career – more skills and more $$$. Check out the details! Deadline to sign up and order your airbrush system is October 2nd.

Here are details:

Airbrush Workshop $650

October 19, 2019

10:00am – 6:00pm

Why Choose this Workshop at IMA?

Double your INCOME!!

Increase your Clientele

Decrease your Application Time!

Receive authentic certification from credible institution

Learn beyond the basics, not just how to break down your machine!

What You Will Need

*Airbrush System. Price includes Temptu Premier Kit ($250 Value). Please book with deposit by October 2nd, 2019 so that your kit arrives on time.

This is a Hands-On Course that will give you Hands-On Experience.

Airbrush Application is the preferred technique for High Definition and digital photography. Learning the proper way to apply airbrush makeup will enhance your makeup artistry and set you apart by knowing how to achieve a flawless “no touch-up” needed look every time. This 1-Day Intensive Workshop marries practical application with fundamental principles that will allow you to achieve a picture perfect finish every time!!! Photographers and Clients will love you, Save Time while Earning More! Register Today!!


Anatomy of Airbrush

Foundation Principles

Moves & Strokes

Highlighting & Contouring

Tattoo Coverage

Bridal Airbrush

Beauty Stenciling

Intro to Advanced Techniques

To register, sign up at https://www.ima-atlanta.com/book-online

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/

What’s In My Makeup Traincase

Hi Bellas,
This goes out to all my Makeup Artists and Junkies out there or to my clients who want to see what’s in my Makeup Traincase.  I still love watching other MUA’s What’s In My Kit Videos.  I filmed a recent update showing you how I’m back to using my Zuca with some really awesome extra accessories and storage.  Check it out!

If you want to see a detailed product by product what’s in my kit video, check out the most recent videos below.

I purchased the Zuca Beauty Caddy in Black from Amazon


To see the rest of my Makeup Artist Must Haves, check it out here


Check out my post for my hack on false eyelash storage using the Vueset Case

Here are some shots of my Zuca.

I added additional zuca bags and pouches to maximize space in the stacking main compartment.


Top View of Zuca with Black Beauty Caddies on the side and built in seat cushion.  You can see that they’re attached with velcro straps.  You can still use the Zuca side pockets if you unvelcro the straps. I have my light tripod tucked into the side pocket.

This side of the beauty caddy has a buckle with a large compartment where I hold wipes and miscellaneous items.  It also has a mesh compartment on the outside for small items you want to see and grab quickly.

On this side, the beauty caddy has a zipper and an insulated cooler compartment where you can keep drinks, snacks, or makeup products you don’t want to melt in outdoor conditions.

My Traincase – Zuca Sport Pro with Beauty Caddy.

Hope you all enjoyed!


Makeup Artist Series: How to Correctly Match Foundation Every Time

foundation match

Hi Bellas,

I’m back with another video in the Makeup Artist Series.  One of the hardest things to do for both makeup artists and makeup wearers is getting the right foundation match.  There are many variables from shade, to undertone to coverage and finish.  With this video I show you how to match any person no matter how light or dark, how young or old using my fail proof method.  Check it out!

Check out the video!

L’Oreal hooked me up with all 45 shades of their True Match line, a classic foundation that is super easy to use.  I think this is a great foundation for everyday and really easy to use on beginners.  The formula is satin and medium coverage.

The color system makes finding your shade pretty simple.  It’s broken down into warm, neutral and cool and then you go from small numbers (lighters) to higher numbers (darkest).  You can see how #4 which I consider a medium shade looks different between neutral, cool and warm.

I’m in the warm series, generally more fair skin tones have pink undertones and fall into the cool series, while those right in the middle are considered neutral.  Check out the video to see how to color  stripe and find your perfect match.

You can find L’Oreal True Match foundation in the makeup aisle of your local drugstore.  For reference I’m shade W6.

If you’re interesting in learning more about foundation matching, check out Industry Makeup Academy where I teach the night and weekend classes.

Atlanta Makeup Artist