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Meet Rene Renderos of R.Noir Creative in The Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rene Renderos.

Rene, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born into a family of Salvadorian immigrants in Alexandria, Virginia but was raised in Temple Hills, Maryland. At a young age, I was moved by the arts and found comfort in music, painting, and drawing. I was fascinated by the world that recording artists would create in their music videos and would spend days imagining my own concepts. Growing up in the early era of social media, I would often create settings based off of what I envisioned when I listened to my favorite songs. I would then extend that atmosphere with music and a layout to match by styling clothes, scouting locations, and editing my own photos. Shortly after that, my peers began to notice my talent and would ask me to photograph them and help them create their MySpace layouts. This spiraled into my learning and finding a passion for photography, fashion, and beauty. After a few makeup artists canceled on me, I took matters into my own hands and began to teach myself how to do makeup.

At first, I was terrible; but then began to immerse myself in all things beauty and submerged my mind with pages from Vogue, Interview, and V magazine. I bought makeup from the local beauty supply and took products my mom and sister wouldn’t use to try on my friends. After graduating high school, I briefly attended the Art Institute of Washington and started creating a name for myself. I began working with comedians, performing artists, modeling troupes/agencies, celebrity designers, doing makeup for DC Fashion Week and I even had my photography published on Teen Vogue’s website. I also had the opportunity to be the lead makeup artist for a touring play on the east coast which allowed me to work close with the playwright and do her make up for promotional appearances on tv. As time progressed, I fine-tuned my artistry and decided to move to Los Angeles. I then began to freelance for Benefit Cosmetics at various locations and started working in product development for a beauty manufacturer. Thankfully, I’ve been able to expand my clientele and add to my list of abilities while being here. It has certainly taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get to where I am today, and it has been worth it.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have faced many obstacles being a gay latinx male in the beauty industry. I struggled being comfortable with myself and it reflected in a lot of my early work. Eventually, with the love and support from my family and friends, I was able to be unapologetically me.

Shortly before moving to LA, I was diagnosed with a chronic skin condition called Psoriasis, that causes dry and itchy patches on the body. I battled mentally and physically with insecurities about the disease and would often retouch or hide my skin. Working in an industry that is all about beauty, I grew increasingly uncomfortable with myself and felt like everyone would notice my condition. It broke my confidence and I feared judgmental stares and unfortunately, it slowed me down. I have since embraced it and have been sharing my journey with Psoriasis and educating people on and off social media about this condition.

Moving to LA was not easy either. Two months after my arrival, I sold my camera to pay my phone bill and put food in my stomach for a few days. At the time, I lived in a run-down hotel and almost gave up and flew back home to Maryland. I refused to let it get the best of me. I believe fate and hard work allowed me to grow and pursue my dreams.

Please tell us about R.Noir Creative.
I am a makeup artist and photographer that specializes in editorial, glam, and soft glam. My signature looks include clean eyebrows, radiant complexion and sultry eyes for fashion and beauty portraits. I am proud to work with many people of color. It has always been important to me to support communities that are often overlooked in beauty and fashion. I believe that is what sets me apart.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything that I have gone through has made me the artist I am today.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 323-842-5626
  • Email: r.noircreative@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @_rnoir


Image Credit:

Rene Renderos, Jordan Jackson, Shawn Artero

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