About Artists Within


Our Calgary based academy and international online academy has been training successful makeup artists for 20 years. Choosing a school that specializes in makeup artistry guarantees you receive the tailored training to put you above the competition.

We are government licensed and accredited, giving you peace of mind that your training is thorough, and your diploma is of value.


Tara Anand Cowles, our Founder & Director, is the vision behind ARTISTS WITHIN & AW03. She leads our team & academy with 30 years of makeup artistry experience, having worked for major photoshoots, magazines & runway shows based in Europe.

At Artists Within Makeup Academy we teach you what you really need to know to be the best - what others don't. Often imitated, but never duplicated.


We are proud to partner with ITEC, offering International makeup artistry certification, and the infection prevention award for makeup services, recognized in 45 countries world wide.

ITEC is the recognized leader in international makeup artistry and provides a significant advantage for our graduates.



We are proud to partner with industry leaders such as MAC Cosmetics, Mode Models, Avenue Magazine, NYX Professional Makeup, and Smashbox Cosmetics. Many graduates have worked on photoshoots, received complimentary products, and won school exclusive contests that offer social media exposure, PR packages, and even mentorship from the brands themselves.

Diploma students and alumni have access to all job opportunities, contests, and masterclasses with our brand partners on our exclusive community board.

The Founder

Tara Cowles

OUR Instructors

Meet the Team

Our Academy

We've had a face lift! Operating since 2003, we moved to a new brighter and bigger location in 2020 in the heart of downtown Calgary.

Get a 360 approach from training to work experience in our inclusive academy + makeup studio space.

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