Make-up School, Birmingham, UK

 INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED, OSCAR NOMINATED AND EMMY AWARD WINNING MAKEUP AND HAIR DESIGNER VERONICA McALEER is the founder of MAKUP, the prestigious makeup training school based at the Custard Factory in Birmingham.

The MAKUP FILM AND MEDIA MAKEUP ACADEMY provides high–quality, intensive training augmented by practical work experience. Each of these elements enhances every student's understanding, skills, portfolio and career opportunities. Seven in-depth makeup course modules are available covering essential and advanced makeup and hair skills, as well as specialist subjects such as prosthetics, SFX and wig-making.


Intensive Set Ready Course - 16 Weeks

Ideal for anyone considering a career as a professional makeup artist or looking to build on the skills they already have, our 16-week Intensive Set Ready course offers essential training by an award-winning industry expert. By studying contemporary makeup, facial hair and knotting, period wigs, believable SFX, prosthetics, barbering and vital set etiquette you will learn everything you need to know to start work immediately on-set.

At the end of the course you will receive a free set of makeup brushes, a course certificate,  7 digital images to help create your own fabulous portfolio and a online CV template. You will be able to take advantage of exclusive mentoring, aftercare, references and referrals. In addition, you will participate in valuable work experience opportunities and placements through the MAKUP Agency.

Our student progression into industry is very high and includes paid work in theatre, film and television. Please click on the latest page and read our student blogs for more information.

The Set Ready Course is a Full time 16 week  training Course that runs twice yearly 

Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm with an hour for lunch

New course Dates:

March 4th 2019 - July 12th 2019 - In progress

September 9th 2019 - January 22nd 2020 (dates include 3 and a half weeks holidays)

TOTAL PRICE: £8,500 

(The total teaching time is 16 weeks, plus the school holidays - therefore the total duration of time enrolled at MAKUP is 19 weeks and 3 days)


Taster Days

Our one day taster sessions introduce you to some of the aspects required in a career as a makeup artist. Discover if you have skills that can be further developed by our multi award-winning makeup team.
If this taster session helps you to realise a hidden passion or talent and you wish to enrol on the Intensive Set Ready course we will deduct your Taster Day fee when you enrol on the 16 week Intensive Set Ready course.

TV & Film Taster Day includes SFX and straight makeup.

Time 11 - 5pm with an hour for lunch

Enquire via email for upcoming taster days

Learn how to achieve a natural corrective hair and makeup suitable for a variety of uses.

Learn how to achieve a SFX injury using current industry materials such as Pro bondo appliances, and direct application silicone, complimented by believable blood and bruising techniques.

(places are limited so enrol now to avoid disappointment)


  • An insiders view of what it means to be a media hair & makeup artist
  • New and exciting skills



Essential Contemporary Hair and Make-up
Essential Contemporary Hair and Make-up