Marley and her business partner, @XANN1ELLE

By way of Woodbridge, Virginia, 25-year-old Marley Mitch is a blossoming self-taught MUA with an ambitious hunger and immense passion for the makeup industry. Marley never imagined, one day, having her own supporters Using the dark, raw, and passionate aspects of her personality, Marley is able to differentiate herself from other MUA’s by intertwining her goth-like traits into her art. When this glam goth isn’t slaying faces, she’s being an entrepreneur and running her online store, Glam Goth, which consists of cosmetic glitters, Glam Goth merchandise, and a thrift store. From starting out at a Sephora inside of JCPennys, to being a well-respected MUA and businesswoman, Marley will continue to grow in her career and experience until her every goal, need, and desire is fulfilled.

Q: For those who may not know you, how would you introduce yourself?  

A: I introduce myself as Marley, which is my nickname, but my real name is Michelle. If people want to call me Glam Goth or Goth Mom I don’t stop them haha!


Q: When did you know that being an MUA was what you wanted to do? 

A: I would have to say I was about 20 years old when I realized I wanted to be a makeup artist. I was a server at Red Lobster and I was really bummed that I could not go to Fashion School, just because it was so expensive. I don’t know exactly HOW the decision came into my mind, but I just remember saying to myself, “Wow, I really love artistry in makeup from a high fashion perspective.” From there, I just started researching famous MUA’S and getting all the info I could on them.


Q: What was your process of becoming an MUA? Did you have any professional training? 

In 2014, I started Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School, but at the time, I was a self-taught MUA, meaning that everything I learned thus far was from me researching and practicing on myself. Did I have to go to school to become a MUA? No, but I wanted to consume as much as I could about my field as I possibly could, while also learning how to do hair and other services so I wouldn’t have to limit myself. Another aspect of me going to cosmetology school was me wanting to get my license, because I want to feel legit. I worked my ass off to get it and I have no regrets. My last couple months of school, I got a job at a Sephora inside of JCPennys, where I spent a year working there before I went on to working at a freestanding Sephora. Both locations allowed me to absorb a great deal of knowledge on the makeup industry. Also, booking gigs and traveling back and forth between NYC and DC was honestly the best time of my life. I grew as an artist and went on to work at MAC, which was the job of my dreams. While I was there, I realized that if I could make it to MAC, I can make it anywhere. I realized I wanted to have my own company.


Q: What are some of your goals as an MUA? 

A: My one main goal, as a Make Up Artist, is Paris Fashion Week. I want to be there, backstage, working. I don’t want to be there to socialize, I want to be behind the scenes, running around and getting my hands dirty. Another big goal of mine is to do Rihanna’s makeup. I get told I look like her a lot so, I know I would slay her face. haha. I need her in some Glam Goth shit! 


Q: What sets you apart from other MUAs? 

A: I think the main thing that sets me apart from other MUA’s is my flexibility. I don’t limit myself to one look or one style. I could get booked for a bridal party one day and special fx another. I’m literally head over heels in love with the artistry that is in makeup. 


Q: What is your opinion on some of these high-end make-up companies not appealing  to women of color? 

A: It breaks my heart when i see that. It’s as if women of color are not a part of society. We are seen as being SO beneath the standard of beauty, that they don’t even make products for us.It’s not right, in my opinion, and even though companies are SLOWLY changing, there’s still a lot to be done about the disparity. I want women of all shades to realize makeup is art, it is universal, and we deserve to feel beautiful regardless of skin tone. 


Q: Give us some background on Glam Goth? 

A: Glam Goth is me. When I was in school, I really found out who I was an artist. I would show up to class with a smokey eye and green glitter brows and my friends would say, “You’re such a glamorous Gothic sex kitten!” I ate it up haha, so, that’s where the name came from but going a bit deeper into it, I’ve always been like this. I don’t even know what to call it, but just having this dark, raw, romantic, and passionate side to me is classified as Gothic, I guess.i don’t really like labels, but if I was to choose one that would be it.



Q: What products do you provide for customers? 

A: As of right now, we have Cosmetic Glitters that can be applied just about anywhere. I’m currently in the process of making Lipsticks and Highlighters. We also have merch and a Thirft Store on the site!


Q: Are your products cruelty-free? 

A: Yes, my glitters are 100% cruelty free and safe for the eyes.


Q: Where do you see yourself in five years with your brand/MUA career? 

A: In five years, I would love to have a boutique in L.A. where I can sell my products and clothes, but also have a small salon/spa attached to it, so I could do both of the things I love. I want to hire awesome, beautiful people with amazing souls to work for me and with me and just have a good time. I want it to be a cool ass hang out spot where people can get cool clothes and makeup and take pictures. 


Q: Is there anything your supporters should be looking out for, or is there anything you would like them to know? 

A:  I want my supporters to know that I love them from the bottom of my heart and soul. It’s so surreal sometimes the love they show me. I do everything for the,  they are my life line. They keep me going. I’ve changed for the better because of them. I made a promise that I would never give up on this journey of mine, if they always continued to follow their dreams. I can’t even call them “fans” because they are so much more than that. We’re like a family and when shit gets real, we’re a gang and we’re in this together. 

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