About Me



Makeup is my passion! I love the industry, and the chance it gives me to meet new people. I studied at Ali McD in 2009 and have since furthered my skills working in the iD and Zonta fashion shows, on set for film, television & video productions and magazine shoots. Outside of the busy wedding and formal season I enjoy donating my time to the Look Good Feel Better workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment. I take real pride in my work and find genuine enjoyment in helping clients achieve their goals. For everything makeup contact me for friendly professional service and advice. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Makeup Artist

I am a Dunedin based freelance makeup artist with proven experience in all aspects of the makeup industry. I offer a full range of makeup services for both private and commercial clients.

Makeup School

The fashion and makeup industry is vibrant and dynamic and always offering new and exciting challenges but to make it in this competitive industry you need to start with the right training.

Beauty Therapy

In 2014 I graduated "student of the year" at AORAKI Polytechnic gaining a Certificate in Beauty Therapy and offer a full range of beauty treatments onsite at Clip Joint Hair Salon

Makeup Services


Your wedding day is a special event that is unique and personal to you. Looking good for the ceremony is important but so is enjoying the experience. I offer a friendly, professional makeup service tailored to your personal needs so that you can relax in comfort with your friends and family and really enjoy the whole day.

We all want to look our very best on the big day and in photos and that's why wedding makeup is so important. Let me take some of the stress out of proceedings by providing an enjoyable and relaxing bridal makeup experience for you and your bridal party. I can help create the perfect makeup look that will ensure you are flawless and radiant for your wedding photographer.

A pre-wedding consultation & trial application is recommended to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.



Social engagements, corporate functions, school formals, University balls, gala events, 21st birthdays.

Whatever the special occasion I offer a full makeover service to ensure you step out on that red carpet looking your glamorous best. Better yet - Why not make it a night to really remember and get a group of your besties together for a group hair and makeup package deal with myself and a professional hair stylist.


Many different things come into play in creating a photograph that fulfils your objectives, but "looking the part" is where makeup for photography comes in.

Whether it is colour or black and white portrait photography, a natural or high fashion makeup look, I will work with you to enhance your skin and features, correct shortcomings and create the perfect look for that perfect shot. I love working with my clients to create their vision, or if preferred I can style the look independently. Being fully mobile means I can remain on site for touch ups and makeup changes during the shoot.


I really enjoy the variety and challenge that film and television offers. I have good experience working on set and always jump at the chance to learn new skills.

I am fully mobile and happy to work flexible hours. I worked on the New Zealand Film Commission funded feature "I Survived a Zombie Holocaust", produced by 38 Pictures which included a lot of special effect makeup and I was involved in another NZFC funded short film entitled "Running Stitch", produced by Exit Films which was shot over only a week at the old Dunedin Prison... Spooky! More recently I did makeup for the hugely funny Ben Hurley and Steve Wrigley with hilarious special guest comedian Pete Helliar for the “Ben & Steve: World Famous In” TV production.


Makeup for fashion shoots and runway shows is all about organisation and team work and I really thrive on that creative “pressure cooker” atmosphere.

Over the years I have been enjoyed being involved in the Emerging Designer Awards, the Zonta Extraordinary Fashion Shows, Style Christchurch Fashion Show and the ID Fashion Shows. I have also done work for Black magazine and Critic magazine.


I am half of a Dunedin based duo bringing temporary airbrush tattoos to various craft markets, fairs and festivals around the Otago area. We can also offer private and corporate rates for events and special occasions. Visit our Facebook page for more information.


My Work

View my most recent work on Facebook.



I am currently working at D'Vine Beauty

Come and see me for a full range of services including facials, massage, waxing, manicures and pedicures. My studio is located inside Clip Joint Hair Salon at 100 Great King Street. For more information visit the website.


Ali McD


I own and operate the Dunedin Ali McD Makeup School - Our courses provide the very best of foundations for aspiring makeup artists covering all the techniques and skills you need to get started. Our aim is to provide students with the confidence and skills to begin a career in the makeup industry as a professional makeup artist. For more information about courses visit our website.


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