Our vision is to create skilled makeup artists who raise the standards of the industry.

Our vision is coming true class after class.


Three reasons to choose Artists Within Makeup Academy



Founder and director of the academy, Tara Anand Cowles, who has 28 years of experience working for major shoots, magazines and runway shows based in Europe is the vision behind Artists Within.

Tara has designed the programs to ensure that as a student you are learning what you really need to know to be successful in the industry. She updates the programs regularly to keep you as the student on the cutting edge of techniques and trends. At Artists Within Makeup Academy we teach you what you really need to know to be the best, what others don’t.



We have been producing successful makeup artists for 15 years. We have a formula that works.

Our academy is licensed and accredited giving you peace of mind that your training is thorough and your diploma is of value. Diploma programs qualify for government based student loan assistance should it be required.  

Our diploma programs are all 12 weeks + in length giving you time to perfect your skill with the guidance of our experienced instructors.

A professional makeup kit has been put together at a discounted rate for our makeup students giving them the tools needed to get started and work through the course. These kits are also available for individual purchase.

International Recognition


We are the only makeup academy in Canada to offer the ITEC makeup artistry certification which is recognized in 36 countries world wide.  ITEC is the recognized leader in international make-up artistry and a significant advantage for our graduates. To date, our students have achieved 100% success, something we are very proud of.

For those who are not able to commute to the academy but still wish to become a successful makeup artist, we have our online academy. The programs are based on our highly successful Makeup Diploma Program, are accessed 100% online and available worldwide.



Makeup school the way it's meant to be.

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AW03 Maquillage

AW03 Maquillage was originally created in New York for Artists Within Makeup Academy which was available exclusively to the Academy. Over the years the line has grown and started a life of it's own in many different retail locations. We carry a wide range of colors and products to suit everyone’s needs. Professional artists and clients alike are celebrating the line.

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Tara's picks

These are my go to must haves that I never leave home without! I have a full life of work, kids, working out and enjoying life. I apply first thing in the morning and never need to touch up. Live your life while you look and feel amazing!





Makeup the way its meant to be

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Online Makeup Academy

Our makeup programs are available online. Work from home at your own pace, create your own schedule, start your dream career today! As easy as 1, 2, 3. APPLY, LOG IN, START

Pro Makeup Kit

AW03 has put together this amazing Pro Makeup Kit for us with all you need to get started as a professional makeup artist. Perfect for active makeup artists or those hoping to get started!

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