Thank you for taking so much time to speak to us yesterday at your Open Day and for giving our daughter some very sound advice. Your students are a credit to you too.
Penny Mitson, Open Day Visitor
Just wanted to say how impressed I was with Megan on 101 Dalmations. She handled the cast in a very mature manner. From day 1 she was on-the-ball and enthusiastic. She had a week pre-REP with me, helping make facial hair. She was very proficient and did sterling work. Having popped in over the run of the show, I was really impressed with how everything was looking and being maintained. I know she’s very keen to continue in theatre and I will hopefully be offering her more jobs.
I’d also like to recommend Veronica McAleer’s MAKUP Academy in the Custard Factory (from which Megan was a graduate) as a future provider of eligible makeup candidates for Birmingham REP productions. The standard is very high and very focused on producing work-ready staff.
Andy Whiteoak Head of Wigs and MakeUp at The Birmingham Rep Theatre
The great thing about the course is not only the excellent training, but the support you are given by Veronica afterwards. Since leaving the course Veronica has given us great contacts in the industry, which has lead to work opportunities I know I would not have achieved on my own. Not only does she give us good contacts, she is constantly sending us applications and upcoming opportunities to apply for.
In 6 months I have worked on a theatre production in Birmingham which lead to my name being passed on for cover on the Miss Saigon tour. From this cover work I was then offered to stay for the full run of the tour – all of this from contacts that Veronica set me up with.
We have also all done work on a huge film, which I am so grateful for! I feel very lucky to have been taught by Veronica, someone that is still so present in the industry and willing to pass on her expertise, it is very rare to come by.
Lizzie Neary Graduate 2017
First week done at MAKUP Academy and I am absolutely loving it!! I seriously cannot believe how much I have learnt just in this first week!
Even after completing a 3 year degree in Specialist Hair & Media Makeup, I have learnt so many basic core skills and techniques that I never knew. From the simplest things about how to be more professional, the perfect foundation, application, colours and more!!
This course is honestly beyond any expectations I had and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning media makeup. I cannot wait for the weeks to come to learn even more!!!
Nancy Lloyd Current student
Over a year since I have graduated from the Academy, I never expected to still receive job referrals from Veronica. I have gained the best experiences and contacts which this Agency provides, not to mention the incredible training and continual support from Veronica herself. I really could not have expected more. Highly recommended for people who are serious about this industry!
Leannah Carer Graduate 2016
I recently graduated from The Makeup Academy. In fact I graduated in February 6 months ago and through the MAKUP Agency I have already found myself in paid jobs, working on One Love, the Bob Marley musical at The Birmingham Reperatory Theatre and Dumbo the new Tim Burton film being filmed at Pinewood studios.
On top of all these amazing opportunities I have just landed an aapprenticeship at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
I find this absolutely crazy considering I did a degree in London for 3 years, which amounted to a lot of money on fees and living costs which wound me up in a bar job a year after graduating, doing nothing that related to my degree.
That is what is so special about Veronica and her academy, not only the amazing level of training but the support that you receive afterwards. At university you’re in classes with 30+ people,it is almost impossible for your lecturers to help you on your journey afterwards, which can be terrifying, but Veronica makes it her job.
When you sign up for her course, it is not signing up just for that 4 months of training, you’re signing up for her agency too, where she is constantly finding you work experience, different opportunities and pushing you to do as much as you can. This is exactly what you need when you are fresh in to the industry.
Lizzie Neary Graduate 2017
I have recently graduated from the 16 weeks set ready course and I have never felt such accomplishment before. Enrolling into the MAKUP Academy is one of THE best decisions I have ever made and I am forever grateful to have had this opportunity to have the knowledge and support from Veronica.
Having Veronica as your tutor really sets you in the right direction, somebody who is so passionate about the makeup industry and having 30+ years experience really reflects on the training you receive. I can say that i am genuinely proud of the work that I have produced and could never have imagined i’d say that! After studying a 2 year college course in Hair and Media Makeup I can honestly say that I have learnt above an beyond more doing this 16 week intense course. There is nothing better than Veronica’s one to one tuition, not only is she amazing at what she does, she really does push you to be the best at what you do and ensure every little aspect is perfect in the work that you produce, I am eternally thankful for the knowledge, support and patience I have received.
Having graduated at the MAKUP academy, i have received job opportunities within the industry already.
I am so proud of myself and the 4 other students for what we have achieved, during this time you become so close and the support you give each other alongside Veronica really does make this journey special.
Megan Hipkiss Graduate 2017
I recently graduated from the MAKUP Academy after completing the 16 week set ready course and can honestly say it was the best and most rewarding thing I have ever done! I feel so blessed to have been taught by Veronica who is not only an incredible make up artist and designer but also an amazing tutor.
With the training I received at the academy, I can genuinely say myself and the other students have achieved things we could’ve never even imagined before starting the course. With the amount of patience and knowledge that Veronica provides at the academy, I feel confident heading out into the industry and feel ready to tackle whatever is thrown at me! Seeing my skills build throughout my journey at MAKUP was amazing and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Veronica and the impossibly high standard of one on one training that she provides. Veronica gives everything she has and more to her students and has been so incredible throughout our journey, helping me to build a CV and portfolio that I can really be proud of and thanks to that, I have already had work experience opportunities in film, theatre and fashion and am currently looking forward to 2 weeks experience on a period TV show. I will always look back on my time at MAKUP with happiness and I have come away with confidence and even more passion for the industry, as well as lifelong friends.
Alex Fitzgerald Graduate 2017
Enrolling into the MAKUP academy was hands down one of the best things I have ever done. To study under somebody like Veronica who is so talented, patient, and a human fountain of knowledge to the make up artist craft is not only an amazing opportunity but it’s a rewarding one too!
I studied the 16 week set ready course. And it was one of the best decisions I’ve made! From somebody who had never put eyeshadow on anybody! Going through each module I built upon my newly trained skills, layering on top of layering as my confidence grew so did my new talents.
It didn’t just stop their, Veronica is a perfectionist and will always push her students to do better and improve! With the 1 on 1 training you get at the Academy you really do flourish!
During my 16 weeks at the MAKUP Academy I found my self welcomed to a little family with Veronica and the other 4 students. You become close, you become friends and you work as a team and I’m so proud of myself and the other students for what we accomplished during the course. All of our portfolio images turned out amazing!
Since graduating the Academy a few weeks ago and having completed my new CV I’ve already had job opportunities within the industry!
Lance Breakwell Graduate 2017
I just wanted to thank you all for the work your students did for my MA Fashion Design final degree show here at Birmingham City University.
The girls were amazing and made the models look gorgeous. I was very impressed with their professionalism throughout the whole process.
Everyone was really impressed and would love to work with the girls on projects in the future.
Debbie Moorhouse – Lecturer at Birmingham City University
Just thought I’d drop you a line to say how delighted Pip and I were with Jessica during BFilm Micro’s Proof of Concept teaser shoot for Augmental.
Not only did she create some excellent and highly believable effects including bruises, cuts and a bullet entry wound, Jessica was also a model professional on set. Calm, assured, always engaged and with an engaging personality, we would definitely use Jessica in the future.
Thank you for all your help; the shoot went really well and we will be using the POC along with the script to attract finance for the full feature film.
Paul Green – Producer
Veronica is the most amazing hair and makeup artist whose passion for her job is truly inspiring. Veronica’s set of skills go way beyond just hair and makeup; she is talented, ambitious, hardworking and creative. Not only is she truly gifted at her job but she dedicates so much time, energy and patience to her students to the extent that you feel you are getting one to one tuition. Veronica will always go above and beyond for her students ensuring that we get the best portfolio images possible. Veronica will always push you to strive for perfection. I believe this standard of teaching is not something you will get at any other institution but only at Makup Academy. Veronica has all students’ interests at heart and I think this is one of the main reasons her academy stands out. Personally, I feel I am now set ready and confident and this is down to Veronica’s teaching. I have had so much fun at Makup Academy, it has been one of the best experiences in my life to date and I have learned so much in the last four months. I now look forward to doing Veronica proud in my future endeavors.
Kara McAleer – Student 2016
Hi Veronica ,
Firstly ..Thank you! They were brilliant. Very professional throughout, were great with the performers and communicated well too. I know I may have taken them out of they’re comfort zone. As they had said they are used to having a design to work from and not used to making it up on the spot. But I gave them some guidance but more importantly let them have free reign. I said id step in if I didn’t like what they were doing and that never happened. As soon as the performers were ready and off they were straight in cleaning brushes and clearing up. I would gladly work alongside them again and they were a real credit to you and your school.
Andrew Whiteoak – Hair and make up designer for theatre
Have absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed learning and developing new skills on this 16 week course. It has got to be the most intense thing I have taken on and the most rewarding.
I have gained more knowledge, experience and skills in these few months than I have in years of studies. To anyone who thought makeup was simple and easy, I challenge you to take on Veronica!
I have already been given work experience opportunities during and after this course, which I have confidently taken on thanks to the intense training I have received at MAKUP.
I speak on the behalf of all the students when I say I am very grateful for the generosity and support Veronica has shown and has given me and all the other students. I have gained so much insight into the creative world Veronica has created and worked hard for over 30+ years, and has so willingly shared with us.
To anyone who see’s a future for themselves working in this field and interested in any of the courses available, I highly encourage taking on this stepping stone at MAKUP Academy.
Léannah Carer – Student 2016
I graduated from MAKUP in July 2016 and it has been one of my most rewarding experiences so far. I am really looking forward to my first placement as a trainee for two weeks in September on the set of a Period drama for Tv. I Have already received four other on set experiences, two films, one fashion show and a theatre experience.
I have achieved two 1st place awards and 2nd place overall when I entered the National Make-Up Awards competition at the Beauty uk show in May 2016 for my prosthetics and hair work all thanks to Makup academy, I was given exceptional support and encouragement through all my experiences. The most attractive aspects of the course for me are the one on one tutoring, and daily hands on learning. I have enjoyed learning special effects and character make ups, I love the transformation into a character that we created. I also loved hair cutting, having no background in hairdressing, Veronica made it easy for me to understand hair and gave me the confidence to create some great characters. If you love make up and are interested in becoming part of the film industry I would not hesitate to recommend makup academy. I am so proud to say I am a film and television make-up trainee. It has been the best learning experience of my life so far. I will take with me the patience, kindness and outstanding knowledge from the most amazing make-up designer and tutor who will not hesitate to truly devote herself to the course and her students. Veronica goes above and beyond. I have achieved so much already creating more opportunities for me to succeed in this industry. Thank you for the opportunity to become an outstanding trainee. I will make you proud, honoured to be a part of the MAKUP academy family.
Jessica Southall – Student 2016
Veronica is great!
Veronica is amazing at what she does and literally knows everything…
So if you’re ever stuck it need help together she would help you work it out.
I love the fact the class was only small which meant I was getting my money’s worth and getting lots of one to one tuition, and the help and guidance I needed.
The class wasn’t paper work and homework, it was fun, relaxed and really beneficial.
I’ve walked away with so much knowledge and confidence for this industry now and it’s all down to a really great teacher.
Doing this course also has opened up doors for more work experience which I have loved and hopefully it leads me to great things!!!
Skye Gough – Student
“Veronica is a brilliant teacher and brilliant hair and makeup artist. If you want to learn the craft of film and television makeup get yourself enrolled on her course.”
Paul Gooch – BAFTA winning Hair and Makeup Designer, currently working for Tim Burton.
“If you wish to become a professional makeup artist, you will find no better teacher. I speak as someone who has worked with Veronica and been hugely impressed by her talents. Take a course at MAKUP Academy and open the door to an exciting career in the world of film and TV.”
Marrisse Whittaker – Co–owner of Orion TV Ltd.
“I worked with Veronica in the past. If you want to learn the skills of a makeup artist, and the ins and outs of this industry, I can’t imagine a better person to learn from than Veronica.”
Astrid Schikorra – Resident Hair and Makeup Artist, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
“Veronica is amazing and anyone wanting to learn about wigs and makeup in TV and film this will be by far the best choice.”
Janita Doyle – Hair and Makeup Designer for Film and Television.
Having a mentor like the award–winning Makeup and Hair designer Veronica McAleer and maintaining a strong relationship with her has led directly to my work on the feature film ‘The Call Up.’ This was one of the biggest productions that I have worked on so far. It helped me develop my skills further and build my confidence in the larger scheme. I enjoyed working within a team of other make up artists as well as working closely with the costume department, this overall experience helped me to achieve better results.
Velina Iankova – Student 2014 / 2015
My experience at the Makup Academy has been incredible! Doing the intensive 4 month set‑ready course has nurtured and improved my skill base dramatically. Veronica is a first class tutor and I feel privileged to have someone with so much talent, industry experience and passion to be my mentor.
Through Makup Academy I have not only received the best possible training, but also paid work experience on a feature length film. Working alongside such talented cast and crew has given me invaluable experience, all of which would not have been possible without Veronica’s support and contacts.
Matt Simpson – Student 2015
Veronica is a first–class tutor — she has patience and knowledge abundant and is happy to share her wealth of experience from her successful career; I found her long and short course enjoyable, informative and fundamentally invaluable.
Kelly Forbes – Student 2014