Ve Neill

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ve Neill
Born Mary Flores
1951 (age 66–67)
Riverside, California
Occupation Makeup artist
Years active 1977 to present

Ve Neill (born Mary Flores; 1951) is an American makeup artist. She has won three Academy Awards, for the films Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire and Ed Wood. She has been nominated for eight Oscars in total.

Early Life[edit]

Neill recounts that she has wanted to be a make-up artist since the age of five, and that she wanted to do monsters.[1] As a child she was known for painting her cousins faces with whatever was around her, such as lipstick or shoe polish. Her interest into the makeup world was broadened by Leo Lotito, a make-up artist for TV shows and who helped with her Halloween costumes.[2] A trip to a science-fiction convention at the age of 18 to gather inspiration, ended with Fred Phillips taking her under his wing and a job on Star Trek: The Motion Picture.[3]


At the Sci-Fi convention she met Fred Phillips, Neill approached men dressed as characters from Planet of the Apes upon learning they made their masks, she asked them to teach her, to which one responded "But you're a girl".[4] This was just part of her journey to learn all that she could and build her skills and techniques.

Neill credits self teaching, with the addition of other make-up artists showing her tips and tricks. She credits being able to examine the legendary work of John Chambers and Fred Phillips, in order to grow as an artist.[5] While she was developing her skills, there was a lack of sharing between her and her male counterparts as she was a girl and "they didn't want me in there anyway."[3]

She also has warned women artists, in interviews that the job makes it extremely difficult to juggle being married and having children in the field, in general.[5]


Neill has made several comments on the benefit of using CGI to enhance the makeups created by artists. That it is a fantastic tool, but will never really be the sole method in the field.[3]


Neill serves as a judge on the Syfy original series Face Off which features makeup artists competing for $100,000.[6]

In 2017, Ve accepted the position of Director of Education at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, California.[7] Ve also hosts a scholarship at Cinema Makeup School called the Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship for new makeup artists entering the field.[8]

Ve Neill has worked on all of the films of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Other notable films she has worked on are Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Hook, and Edward Scissorhands.


Academy Award[edit]

Emmy Award[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award[edit]

Saturn Award[edit]


External links[edit]