Our Makeup Artistry Fundamentals Certificate Course was inspired by our longest running Makeup Diploma Program. The Fundamentals includes all lessons in Makeup Artistry Essentials, plus an intro to makeup for the fashion industry!

  • Do you want to create your own business, work your own hours, on your terms?

  • Prefer to self-study and complete course work on your own schedule?

  • Looking for guidance from an instructor with feedback to improve your skill?

  • Want to learn about makeup for the fashion industry, but not ready for a full time makeup diploma?

Curious about a full time makeup program, but can't commit? Looking to upgrade a prior makeup certification? Want to grow your techniques for the fashion industry?

This is your course!

'MAKEUP ARTISTRY FUNDAMENTALS' takes you through the very basics of makeup artistry all the way to an introduction of makeup for the fashion industry. Built off our full time makeup diploma program, the techniques start from the ground up, with no experience being necessary. This course provides a self-study approach, perfect for students needing a flexible schedule, or for someone that prefers to work independently.

Here's what you will learn

Instructed by our founder and director Tara Cowles, you'll start with the basics, master essential techniques, perfect a bridal application, and expand your creativity with editorial looks. Tara walks you through step by step with a series of HD video demonstrations. We've taken the guesswork out - each lesson includes artistry tips for a seamless application and highlights what you should practice to master your skill. We'll assess your progress with assignments and feedback on your technique, then finish off with exams to gain your certificate!

  • The basics learned in 'MAKEUP 101', plus infection control & hygiene procedures, professional consultations & communication, enhanced skin prep, colour theory, and detailed product knowledge.

  • The tried & true techniques included in 'MAKEUP ESSENTIALS' plus we test your skills with detailed client scenario assignments with each technique taught.

  • An intro to creating beautiful makeup for colour and black & white photography.

  • An intro to makeup for TV & Film

  • Etiquette & tips for working on a shoot & how to impress other departments.

  • An intro to makeup for runway & how to design a look

  • Business knowledge to grow your new side hustle or expand your career


Academy Founder & Director

Tara Cowles

I am so excited to help you follow your makeup artistry dreams! I will walk you through your course, helping you understand the theory behind what you are doing, the practical via detailed video demos and will mark your assignments, giving you positive criticism to help you become the best makeup artist you can be. I’m ready...are you?


Our academy has been operating for over 17 years, producing top talent and driven graduates. As an internationally certified and government licensed academy, you are guaranteed quality accredited education.

  • Complete your certificate course from anywhere, on any device, on your timeline. We make it simple to start your dream career.

  • Our curriculum focuses on practical lessons to advance your skill & technique. You won't be sitting behind a computer for hours of reading - perfect for those who desire more makeup and less text!

  • Professional HD video lessons to guide you through each practical lesson taught. Instructed by our Founder, Tara Cowles. With her 30 years of experience, she leads you every step of the way.

  • At ARTISTS WITHIN we prioritize graduate success. Our industry contributors ensure you'll be job-ready upon course completion. We collaborate with MODE Models International, working fashion photographers, hair & makeup artists, and fashion editors to name a few.

  • Along with our pro makeup line AW03, we are proud to partner with industry brands such as MAC Cosmetics, NYX Professional Makeup, and Smashbox Cosmetics. Our students have access to exclusive events, contests, discounts, and complimentary education.


Rayshel Ludwar

Artists Within Graduate

I attended Artists Within Makeup Academy for the Virtual Makeup Diploma, Airbrushing, Advanced and Special FX programs. All of the programs teach more than just makeup as well. You will learn about the business side, the industry you are wanting to go in to and how to properly market yourself to gain employment. After completing all of these programs I felt ready to step in to the industry with full confidence in the new skills I have learned. I learned a lot from these wonderful instructors (yes there is a lot to learn! trust me! ) and all the instructors/staff are easily approachable and eager to help you perfect your techniques. I am happy to say that I was able to gain employment right out of school because of the skills I was able to showcase that I learned here at AW. I would highly recommend this school if you are looking for a successful career in any makeup path you are choosing to take! <3

Kathe Lemon

Editor-In-Chief, Avenue Magazine

At Avenue magazine we have worked with Artists Within makeup artists for years on fashion and editorial photo shoots. The artists are always professional, pleasant and talented, which is why we go back to them year over year. I've also been so personally impressed with the quality of the makeup that the artists frequently used from their own AW03 collection that I started using it myself and now it's almost the only line I use.

Supreet Partal

Artists Within Graduate

I am so happy that I have done my course from you. I have learnt so much from you and whatever you have taught in the course, I try to put up practically. Each brief detailing and small things I learned from you has really widened my knowledge and experience in the makeup industry. I am so glad that I have improved a lot and I get lots and lots of compliments now. Also I am attaching the glimpse from my real work. Lots of love ❤️ from India . Thank-you so much Supreet Makeup Artist


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If you're looking to be the best of the best - you have to train like one! If you're looking for more, our diploma programs are our most comprehensive courses and offer enhanced student growth with live instructor training.


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  • Are you an accredited school?

    We are a government licensed school with Alberta Private Career Colleges, and we are fully accredited with ITEC, providing internationally recognized training. When you choose an accredited school it means that a board governs their courses, which protects your interests as a student.

  • What do I need to complete the course?

    For the best user experience, we recommend any device (mobile, tablet, desktop) and a good internet connection - and a passion for makeup of course! Online certificate students have the option to purchase our custom curated AW03 Pro Makeup Kits with their exclusive student discount.

  • Do I need any prior makeup knowledge?

    None! Our courses are set up to take you from novice to expert upon completion.

  • When do I gain access to the course?

    Once purchased, you gain immediate access to your course. Students can access their courses 24/7 during their enrollment period via their student dashboard.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    Students have one year of unlimited access from the date of enrollment to complete course content and receive their accreditation. Complete your course in weeks or take the year - your pace, your schedule.

  • What's the difference between an Award, Certificate & Diploma?

    Awards, certificates and diplomas are levels of accreditation. A diploma is the highest accreditation offered for makeup artistry, where awards and certificates are a great for beginners, or add-on to similar trades such as esthetics. Our award and certificate courses offer a more self-study approach, where are diploma programs require more accountability and assessment from your instructor. Not sure which is right for your career aspirations? Contact us!

  • What if I have question when working through the course?

    Our beautifully designed interactive course player is set up for ease of use! You can easily see your progress, modules, lessons & assignments, and what you have left to complete. You'll by flying through course content in no time! If you need assistance, email!