Airbrush makeup class

Flawless, lightweight, AND longwearing? You betcha! That's the beauty of airbrush.

This is the class you've been waiting for!!

Learn the ins and outs of airbrush makeup and how to use an airbrush system.

From foundation application, to maintenance of the system and how to make this work for home use, get the basics down and feel confident in a brand new skill that will set your makeup apart and let you shine! Not that t-zone sort of shine know, that brilliant, bold, I've-got-the-world-by-the-tail kind of shine. ;)

This class is focused on anyone who has never used an airbrush system and is thinking about purchasing one for home use or to add this as a service for clients, though I will definitely be sharing advice and tips for those who have used an airbrush system and feel they can improve.

This is the most lightweight, flawless and long wearing foundation you'll find.

You will need to own and airbrush system or be willing to invest in one. I recommend Dinair systems for at-home or beginning-to-airbrush use. If you're looking for a more advanced system that can grow with your skills, the Neo airbrush and Neo 3-speed mini-compressor by Iwata are perfect.

Please contact me if you'd like advice about purchasing a system.

I have a limited number of airbrush systems available for this class if you're not sure about purchasing a system before class. Please indicate whether you will need a loaner system and I will reserve one on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Class is 125.00 per person.

This class is offered on a limited basis. Please check the events section on the FB page or here at the blog for class listings as they come available. 

Customized classes and dates available with a minimum of 5 students.

*Photo by Keith Dixon Studios, model Mellisa Oh

August FbR newsletter

So after a terribly disappointing afternoon spent on the creation of an email blast on Square, and losing all of the content after hours of effort, I realized that newsletters could be a regular feature on the blog right here, and I'll send the link out in an email blast instead!

So check back regularly for monthly updates on classes, behind-the-scenes, and upcoming projects as well. Thank you for your continued support and for being here.

Please check out the form at the end, so you can give me some feedback on events and classes you'd like to see happen!

Upcoming community events

Faces by Ren is proud to be one of the vendors for the Women-owned business expo in Kingsport later this month. Stop by my booth, plus see over 20 other local entrepreneurs and the wonderful businesses they run. Only 5.00 and drinks/appetizers are included!

It's been a long time since I've done a bridal show! But I'm getting back into the swing of it at this intimate, small town show in Jonesborough on September 10th. Simple Elegance Bridal Show boasts a fashion show and some outstanding vendors. 12-3pm at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.

Class schedule for fall

All classes are posted as Facebook events on the Faces by Ren business page. All details, including pricing and registration information can be found there. Here is a brief synopsis; 

Monday, August 14th 6-7:30pm; Basic eye techniques. This is a demonstration style class so you can get a lot of information in a short time! Learn how to blend that perfect crease, get that crisp eyeliner, and feel empowered with your makeup routine. 

Sunday, August 27th, 1-5pm Intro to airbrush; Airbrush makeup is one of today's hottest trends. It sounds difficult, but with a bit of instruction you can access this amazing art form. Flawless and long wearing foundation isn't just for pros! No experience needed. Bring your system if you own one. Please let me know if you'd like to use one of my systems. I highly recommend doing so if you aren't sure about investing in an airbrush system but would still like to learn.

Saturday, September 2nd 1-3pm; Color Theory; This is one of the most fun classes! Understanding the relationships between colors can help you make better decisions about makeup and it's uses. Plus, we get to play with pigments and PLAY-DOH. Leave with a better understanding of tints and shades, complimentary and analagous color schemes, and why your eyeshadow turned to mud that one time. 

*I will continue to add classes for fall, so please check the FB page often. Thank you!


The Serenity Project

Images are now rolling out monthly through Metavivor Research and Support via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We are thrilled to partner with them to shine a spotlight on people living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and to help share their stories.

Please check out the valuable work that they do, and support in any way you can. 

It was an honor to help bring this project to life with their help, and with the incredible talents of Keith Dixon Studios.

Recent bodypainting commission

Teagan Bentley is an amazing ballerina (teaganveganballerina on IG). I was so excited to have her come all the way from the Pacific NW to get painted. What an amazing model!

Limited edition signed prints of "athena revisited" will be available soon. You can email me if you'd like to be placed on an interest list;



Please feel free to fill out this brief survey when you have a minute. I value your input and look forward to creating events and classes tailored to this feedback. Thank you so much!

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Recent Underwater work

After the whirlwind that was April and May, we finally got back to shooting a few personal projects and catch up with clients who needed photo shoots.

Here are the results of our recent underwater explorations.  All photos by Keith Dixon Studios

Model Brittney Isphording, from Greensboro NC. You may not recognize her without bodypaint, but she's been my model for the Living Art America competition since 2014. She hoops, teaches yoga, and has always been an amazing model to work with in any medium!

This is a teaser image...more to come from this collaboration soon.



Model Ivy Hawkins from Asheville. This was our first time working with her and she is absolutely phenomenal under water!

Client Kacy Barbour chose to celebrate the imminent birth of her "rainbow baby" with both an underwater photo shoot and a belly painting. I absolutely love this graceful and reflective maternity photo. Perfection.

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Left; Jessica Baber is another Asheville based model we have worked with before. For those who have been following Keith's work, she met up him in the Keys for some ocean and underwater work a couple years ago. She's a natural mermaid!

Right; Josh Royston is another Asheville model as well, and has modeled for underwater work with us in the past. This time his mermaid daughter was the featured model, but I especially adore this Daddy/Daughter shot!

July Glamour for a Cause

July 7th from 1pm-8pm at the Faces by Ren Studio; 308 South Roan Street, Johnson City TN

Glamour for a Cause is one way I give back to my local community by combining special pricing on services with fun events.  Help me raise money for worthy local charities and causes by attending and/or donating throughout the month of each featured recipient.

This month's event will be "Wizard Cat Merlin" themed! Cat facepaintings, Merlin paw print mugs for sale, cat themed snacks and cute pets in the studio who are looking for furever homes.

Glamour for a Cause will benefit the Unicoi County Animal Shelter. They will be on hand to answer questions and share some of their fur babies who are looking for a family.

Suggested donations of 5.00-15.00 for facepaintings. 1/2 of paw print mug sales will go to them that day as well!

This is a drop-in event and family friendly. 

Merlin will be here to hang out, though he may want to hide because of the other furry visitors. :) 

The Unicoi County shelter has had a high number of special needs animals dropped off who needed a lot of medical attention and we want to help as many of our fur friends as possible!

UPDATE; The event raised 300.00 for the Unicoi shelter! Thank you so much for all of your support. 

Underwater bodypaint collab in Fort Lauderdale

In October 2016, on our way  back home from Key West/Fantasy Fest, we stopped in Fort Lauderdale to work with some bodypainting friends at the studio of Avi Ram (Skin Wars Season 2) and collaborate on underwater designs with Keith Dixon Studios.  

I got to work with the lovely Angela Renee Roberts (Skin Wars season 1) who happens to be brilliant at underwater modeling. We had a great day, learned a lot, and generally had an amazing time. 

I love my bodypaint family! 

The other artists involved that day, I highly recommend checking out. Their work is stellar and I"m grateful to have opportunities to work with all of them.

Breanna Cooke does bodypainting, special effects, graphic design, and costuming.
Anja Yamaji is known for makeup, bodypainting, and acting.

Pro tip:We all used ProAiir hybrid airbrush paint exclusively. 
Very grateful to have amazing products to use for this unusual art form.

Proaiir later used one of the images in an ad, next to the work of John Poppleton, whose work I have long admired. He's known for his UV "bodyscapes". Scroll down to check it out!

Mountains to Sea products have arrived!

I am so very excited to be retailing these four products by Mountains to Sea!!

These are luxury items, handcrafted in Asheville with zero preservatives, locally sourced ingredients and a price point that is very affordable.

I'm especially head over heels for the face lotion, which makes my skin feel soft, refreshed, and deeply hydrated without any greasy surface. I've tested it under makeup and it performs beautifully!

I'll be carrying this one in my kit from now on.

The scents are herbal, fresh, and completely adaptable to your skin for all genders.


HELICHRYSUM + ROSE AGE-DEFYING FACIAL LOTION                                                   18.00


CALENDULA + LEMON BALM LOTION STICK                                                                     12.00

Bristol Train Station styled shoot

This sweet and elegant styled shoot was conceptualized and photographed by the brilliant Rachael Wilbur of Rachael Wilbur Photography. 

Every detail was so beautiful and well thought out. I absolutely loved doing the hair and makeup for this real-life couple. 

Styling assistance by Steve Curd of both Garic Stephens fashion designs and Lavelle denim.

Models; Abigail Hill and Ben Whiles

Cake; Mary Heath

Flowers; Deni Peterson of Blue Door Garden

Calligraphy; Natalie Kay of "Off the Beaten Press"

Venue; The Historic Bristol Train Station

Macaroons; Amy Horsch Smith

Enjoy these images, and check out the amazing vendors who brought Rachael's vision to life!