THE AW TEAM

MEET THE TALENTED LEADERS BEHIND ARTISTS WITHIN

Our makeup school began with a vision: to raise the standard in the makeup industry

Our vision is coming true class after class

Along with Tara Cowles, the Artists Within team includes professional artists that specialize in hair, fashion, special fx, and makeup. All our instructors stay actively working in the industry to ensure our students receive the most current training.

FOUNDER, CEO & DIRECTOR

TARA COWLES

Phoebe

STUDIO ASSISTANT

After Phoebe graduated business school in 2019 she was struggling to find direction. She always had a passion for makeup but wasn’t sure how to turn it into a career. That all changed in 2020 when she enrolled in the makeup diploma program at Artists Within Makeup Academy.

With two courses under her belt, she was able to envision the career she wanted. Phoebe is excited to learn and grow with Artists Within, bringing her business background into the makeup field. The community, team, and students at Artists Within as well as brands like AW03, Kylie Cosmetics and MAC inspire her to continue to grow.

Phoebe is excited to take her training and design principles to action, while listening to the authentic voice of her clients to help them shine and feel their best selfs! You can find Phoebe in our AW03 Makeup Studio & assisting our students with admissions.

Denée

EDMONTON LOCATION

Denée Noel is a professional bridal, beauty and celebrity makeup artist who is now based in Edmonton, Alberta. During her 20 years as a professional makeup artist, Denée has trained and led teams for some of the best beauty brands in the industry including MAC Cosmetics, NARS, L’Oréal, Holt Renfrew and Anastasia Beverly Hills. A great achievement of her storied career was assisting Charlotte Tilbury for her Masterclass at Holt Renfrew Vancouver in 2015. 

Her roster of clients includes renowned models such as Australian model Adau Mornyang, Coco Rocha, Elizabeth Davison, Canadian model Heather Marks as well as Tasha Tilberg, South Sudanese model Grace Bol and Lilian Leopold to name a few. Her expertise also graced the faces of musician Nuela Charles, Canadian TV personality Fiona Forbes, fashion stylist Kim Appelt, Vancouver-based TV host and producer Natalie Langston and Altered Carbon actress Karen Khun Khun among others. 

Her work can be found on fashion publications, wedding magazines and publications such as Vogue, Wedlux and Vancouver Mag respectively; she also contributed to editorials for online publications such as Opium Red Magazine, French Fashion and Beauty Magazine Malvie, Elléments Magazine and Shuba Magazine. 

She is represented by Mode Models International.

BRYAN

ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR

Bryan is known for his avant-garde style and unique approach to makeup. We are very excited to have him bring his eye-catching artistry techniques and his prior experience with early childhood education to our advanced makeup class. He knows how to guide and grow his students!

A graduate himself from Artists Within Makeup Academy and possessing 4 years of experience in the industry, Bryan has found success reaching thousands of people on social media with his unique character designs. Some of his makeup look series have trended, receiving attention in local news and magazines, not to mention his following of over 700k on TikTok and 30k on IG. Follow his journey on Instagram @byran.mua.

Bryan has won various makeup competitions with his artistry, with the industry brand Mehron Makeup, and the iconic Val Garland’s GlowUp Challenge on instagram. Join Bryan during our summer term of the Advanced Makeup Diploma!

SHEA

ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR

*Bio coming soon*

ERIN

FASHION STYLING INSTRUCTOR

Fashion stylist extraordinaire Erin Donnelly-Ferguson, is a master at her craft. She lives and breathes fashion! Erin originates from Phoenix and San Francisco where her styling career began over 15 years ago.

Erin has worked globaly with J.Crew. styling, merchandising and doing window design, in New York, Phoenix and San Francisco. Her career expanded to working on runways, editorial and personal styling which she continues today.

A favourite of our students, Erin provides a warm an encouraging environment for stylists to push their creativity. Whenever possible Erin brings her career to the students allowing them to accompany her on real set/show experiences to really get a feel of how the industry works and the drive and determination necessary to succeed.

AMEN

SPECIAL FX INSTRUCTOR

Amen Minhas received her Global Makeup training at Blanche MacDonald Centre in Vancouver, and has been working as a professional beauty and special effects makeup artist since 2016. Her fashion work includes editorial collaborations, Vancouver Fashion Week, and South Asian Fashion Week. Amen’s work has been published in several magazines, such as The Dapifer Issue, Flesh Mag, Laud Mag, Tinsel Tokyo Mag and Photo Vogue.

Her passion continues into television and film production, specializing in out of kit makeup effects. Amen has worked on independent and union productions, leading and assisting some of the best makeup artists in the business. Working on productions such as “Okja” and “Killing Gunther” has allowed her to work along side A-List actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tilda Swinton. In 2018 she received her first IMDB credit as Makeup Head of Department for the Indie Feature Film, "Fall Back Down".

Now residing Calgary, Amen continues practicing her skills through local artist collaborations, independent films, sculpting, and painting. She strives towards all opportunities presented in the industry to continue bettering her craft. We are excited to welcome her to YYC & Artists Within! To view her portfolio, please visit her website.

C. Blake

SPECIAL FX INSTRUCTOR

C. Blake Evernden is an award-winning independent filmmaker, makeup fx artist, instructor and commercial illustrator. As a makeup fx artist he’s worked on five features and a myriad of shorts and music videos, with his work recognized for Best Special FX from the San Antonio Horrific Film Fest in 2014.

He’s worked professionally as a filmmaker since 2007, completing two features with his second, Prairie Dog, having played at 20 festivals worldwide, winning 6 awards and being picked up for international distribution. His short films have collectively played at over 54 festivals worldwide, winning 8 awards between them, many of which he contributes makeup fx to as well. He’s currently in post-production on his latest short, Aperture, an experimental narrative mixing 16mm and super 8 film.

Concurrently, Blake runs an illustration and design studio focusing on traditional art practice, creating genre art and movie poster designs for independent film productions, and limited-edition fine art prints. We are elated to welcome Blake’s talent and expertise to our SFX diploma program!

JAZMINE

EYELASH EXTENSION MASTER

Jazmine started Lashin Out in 2012 when lashes were just coming onto the scene. She has seen this industry grow not just locally but internationally into a billion dollar industry. She quit her career as a Dental assistant to take up lashing because she loves the freedom of working for herself and empowering other women to do the same.

She is proud of the sterilization skills she learned in dental and brings them to the lash industry. Her favorite part of lashing is the deep connections she has made with hundreds of clients and students. In 2018 she developed her own product line and now sells premium lash products to lash artists worldwide. Her mission is to empower other lash artists to run successful businesses thorough education of proper lash technique and product knowledge.

Jazmine is also proud of the fact that Lashin Out is 100% indigenous owned and hopes to inspire other indigenous entrepreneurs. When She’s not running her busy salon, training or lashing you can find her camping & traveling with her husband and 3 daughters under the age of 6. Life is busy….but she thrives off of it!

GILLIAN

SPRAY TAN MASTER

Our certified sunless artist, Gillian is a natural born sun baby who grew up basking in the heat for hours! Also a lover of all things beauty related she began her journey in the beauty industry working as a consultant for a high end skincare brand and began educating others and herself on the importance of protecting your skin.

Living in YYC where hot sun-tan-able days are limited throughout the year she wanted to ditch the harmful tanning beds and UV rays and provide a service that allowed clients to have that sun kissed glow all year round without damaging their own skin. After having a couple bad spray tan experiences herself, she set a high level of service and excellence using the highest quality products and founded Sprae by Gillyrae. 

She saw a huge lack in quality Sunless Tan training programs in Calgary and began educating and sharing her depth of skin knowledge and experience with her own 1:1 hands on training. In June of 2021 she launched her own brand of at-home Sunless retail products "Signature Skn" , where she continues to expand with new products to help others attain that bronzed appearance the safe and healthy way. Whether you are a total sunless newbie or a tan expert she creates products for anyone to use! 

"Be good to your skin, you'll wear it everyday for the rest of your life"