Why Artists Within?

Why Attend Artists Within Makeup Academy?

Accredited Makeup Courses Calgary

•  We have over 17 years of experience training makeup artists, a fool proof formula that works.

•  Our makeup instructors work in the industry. We have taken the best of the best and trained them to give you the best makeup classes Calgary has to offer.

•  We are the only makeup school in Calgary and also in Canada to offer the ITEC makeup artist certification which is recognized in 36 countries world wide.

•  When you sign up for more than one course, you will benefit from the student discount program.

•  Once you've completed your diploma program or certified course, you will gain exclusive access to our alumni marketing page.

•  All students are eligible for our 40% AW03 maquillage makeup product discount upon completion of any diploma program.

The Founder, Tara Cowles

Tara’s in-depth international experience has enabled her to develop these programs from the ground up. With attention being given to the smallest of details, our programs aim to make you confident & industry-ready.

Beginning as a vision, Artists Within has been an accredited in-person makeup school since 2003. We are the only makeup artist academy to offer fully accredited recognized diploma programs in the province, as well as international ITEC certification and government sponsored student loan assistance.

Tara spends her day keeping our Motley Crew happy and sane. She is Artists Within’s own femme fatale. With her sky high heels and her subtle charm, she has the innate ability to direct “the show” to go off without a hitch.
With years of fashion acumen behind her, Tara has now focused her creative abilities towards education and achieving the highest standards in the makeup profession. It’s about nurturing and fostering students with the skills to become successful in this industry.

To complement her background as a makeup artist she also develops and manages our makeup line AW03 Maquillage. The line was designed with a makeup artist in mind with all products being pigmented, blendable and long wearing. Tara also spends many hours promoting the school with the media to create awareness locally and throughout Western Canada.


Diploma Programs

Makeup Diploma with an International Certificate

Advanced Makeup Diploma Program

Fashion Styling Diploma Program

Hair Session Styling Diploma Program

Certified Courses


Eyelash Extension

Volume Eyelash Extension

Online Academy

Our Makeup Kits

Having the correct makeup artist tools is essential to excel. Our Pro Makeup Artistry Kit is part of our makeup line AW03 maquillage that has been developed in LA and New York by Tara Cowles to give you top-of-the-line makeup tools to master your makeup skills.

Our Pro Makeup Kit contains all the makeup products needed to work through our makeup artist courses and to start your makeup artist career once you complete your makeup classes. As you learn how to apply makeup in our step by step format through our courses based in Calgary, your makeup kit will help you to feel confident and prepared now and upon completion.

We created the the Pro Makeup Kit to help you become the best. Our makeup kits are also available to purchase independently through our makeup store.

The Instructors

Along with Tara Cowles, our team includes professional artists that specialize in hair, fashion, special FX, and makeup in the industry.

There are countless ways to learn but we have found a fool proof system that works. We constantly update to include the latest techniques. Our teaching methods have been working for hundreds of students over the years. Our programs are heavy on the practical side as we believe that real hands on experience is incredibly valuable. Each trainer teaches using the same format as one another who have been personally trained by Tara Anand Cowles. Whoever your trainer is you can rest assured that they have hands on industry experience, and are all on the same page as far as our teaching techniques go. We help you understand the theory of what you are doing, show you the practical and then make you practice each technique until you see it starts to feel natural!


Get started today on your path to becoming a professional makeup artist.