We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Rainey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, how do you think about risk?
I believe risk-taking is a necessity for make-up artists. Stepping out of your comfort zone to use those not so neutral colors, to create designs, or even using new products; were all risks that I took. Honestly, taking those risks has become some of my most admired work to date. My biggest risk thus far was starting Snatch’d Cosmetics by Michelle Rainey Beauty a liquid lipstick/lipgloss company. We invested our savings, and launched in 2017, we hit the ground running selling out our first year in business. Proving the risk was worth it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other artists is my ability to work across all facets of make-up, such as TV/Film, beauty, SFX, editorial, bridal, as well as avant-garde. Working in TV/Film as a make-up artist has exposed me to other aspects of production; not only working behind the scenes but in front of the camera as an Actress! Most recently I had the opportunity of playing Nicole in V-Lock a web series produced by Focused Fylmz that is available on YouTube now. Atlanta has many talented artists, so it has not been an easy journey, hard work, perseverance, and prayer have gotten me to where I am today. I had to pray through the times I wanted to give up and allow God’s favor to guide me through open doors. One of the lessons I’ve learned in this industry is NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK; get to know EVERYONE! You’ll never know who you will have to work with in the future. Snatch’d Cosmetics by Michelle Rainey Beauty was birthed from my love of make-up and my desire to enhance the beauty of my clients. I am a woman of God, a wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur that refuses to give up on my dream.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my best friend Chantelle is in town, we are immediately going to eat…lol. Breakfast at either Atlanta Breakfast Club or The Real Milk and Honey after eating, Chantelle may try to take a nap (keep in mind we’re old now…lol). We will head over to Atlantic Station and Perimeter mall for some shopping, next stop the Trap House Museum, for a quick photoshoot, afterward stop by Madam C.J. Walker’s Salon for more pictures and a history lesson. We have to pick up some Izland Girlz for some delicious Caribbean cuisine, then off to iFLY. The next day we head over to Space Blk Grl Spoken for some gear, We MUST get Sammy’s Cheesecake in East Point directly after, we meet up with my girls Cossandra, Briana, Derica, and Taressa at a WWAP (Women With A Purpose) Event for pop-up shopping. Grabbing the latest Soulibra Designs, and Broken Crayon’s still Color merchandise. Later we all meet up at Chef Rob’s in Sandy Springs for good food and music. Lastly, we support our favorite charity Blessing Working Together to feed families and service the homeless community in metro Atlanta.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband deserves so much recognition; he has truly been a blessing and has supported me 110% in my career. He’s dedicated countless amounts of hours designing our website and business cards. Oftentimes he is at home with our children when I am working and traveling without complaint. He continues to support me financially, emotionally, and creatively to do what I love. I know I could not do this without him and our children keeping me focused and encouraged.
Youtube: Michelle Rainey Beauty
Anderson Visual, Bobbye Boatright Keisha Sullivan, Carolyn Grady, Blk Grl Spoken: Nitra Love, Pamela Montiel *the last photo* Katie Parker KT Parker Photo Styled by Michelle Lynch/Poshe Productions, Michelle Mendoza *black and white photo* Katie Parker KT Parker Photo Styled by Michelle Lynch/Posted Productions