Veronica McAleer

Lead Tutor

MAKUP founder Veronica McAleer is an internationally acclaimed, Oscar nominated and Emmy award winning Makeup and Hair Designer.

Veronica trained at BBC Pebble Mill in 1984, after completing a hairdressing and beauty therapy course. She began working in the film industry in 1990, and has since worked on over 40 films and countless television programmes. She has personally designed hair and makeup for 15 feature films.

Veronica’s credits include Oscar nominations for Mrs Brown and Shakespeare in Love, an Emmy Award for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, and a Royal Television Society Award for The Great Plague. She has also worked as Personal Hair and Make Up Artist for Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly and Colin Firth.

Among her career highlights Veronica counts a few, pinch yourself, moments  being blown a kiss by Johnny Depp, sharing a lift with Sean Connery at the Oscars and sharing a makeup bus with Harrison Ford.

During her career she has worked with many household names, including James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Johnny Lee Miller, Damien Lewis, Ray Winstone, Andy Serkis, Anne Hathaway, Keira Knightley, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Judi Dench, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson, Lindsay Duncan, Heidi Klum and many more.

Having worked on a broad spectrum of film genre and as a lecturer, Veronica’s knowledge is extensive. She is passionate about sharing her industry know-how with her students, encouraging talent, dedication and ambition through the highest standards of training.

Check out Veronica’s IMDb page.

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All images on this page are of Veronica’s own work as Makeup Artist / Designer taken throughout her career.







I’ve worked with Veronica for over ten years, during which time she has created some extraordinary makeups for me. She is a deeply collaborative person, a wonderful artist, humbling in her fastidiousness and always driving me to make better choices as an actor. It has been a great loss for me, that she has left the business in order to teach, but it will be a great gain for any serious student of film makeup.

Paul Bettany (2014)