"Tootin' our graduates horn's" on a Wednesday afternoon

| Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We educate the artists of the future at Artists Within

We send a lot of very talented artists out into the world of fashion styling, session hair styling and makeup artistry.

Take a look at some of the work our graduates are responsible for creating since successfully completing courses at Artists Within-makeup academy

Makeup by:Alyssa Single
Alyssa graduated from our full time makeup diploma program in October 2011.
Beautiful work Alyssa, keep it up!

Makeup by:Angela McGrath
Angela completed our part time makeup diploma program in October 2011.

Both Alyssa and Angela successfully met ITEC's examination standards- both holding an International certificate in makeup which in recognized in 36 different countries!

FACT-Artists Within-makeup academy is the ONLY educational institute in Canada to offer the ITEC exam in makeup. 

Makeup by: Helen Kwan
Since graduating from Artists Within, Helen has been signed to Artists Within's-artist management team. You can view more of her work here.

Makeup by:Breanne Harpur
Breanne attended Artists Within in 2009 graduating from our full time makeup diploma program.
Watch for her work on the artists management team- soon to come.

If you are interested in starting a career in the fashion industry, but don't know where to start or how to get there please contact us. 
We're here to help!
403.208.0034 or artistswithin@shaw.ca

Much Love from,

us girls at Artists Within XO

The contest from yesterday's blog is still running; send in your best "winged liner" for a chance to win a copy of Crave Calgary-The Urban Girls Manifesto

Teach Me Tuesday-Winged Eyeliner

| Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winged liner is a thing of the past-But everything old is new again

 Famous faces such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot were sporting flared liner back in the 50's and 60's.

Since then, Amy Winehouse has worn an exaggerated winged liner, Kim Kardashian has been seen sporting her version of the same look, and Alexa Chung keeps her wings subtle.

There are a couple different techniques and tricks to achieving the "cat eyeliner"
Start by deciding how dramatic or how subtle you want your liner to be...
Dramatic makeup can be easily worn in the evening with a bold lip whereas subtle makeup is more suitable for the day.

Personal style also plays a factor in deciding your look; so have fun with it!

Vanilla hued shadow, mocha colored crease, flawless liner and a blood red pout makes this look classic and beautiful!

First off-Make sure your brushes are of high quality. When working with cream/gel products, brushes should be made from a synthetic material.

Start by applying your eye base ($21); this creates a base for the product to adhere to along with helping to prevent creasing and transfer of product throughout the day.
Line the upper lash line and stop at the outer corner-the thicker the line, the more dramatic your effect.
 Once you are satisfied with the line you created, take your brush and in a flicking motion create the "wing".
Another way to do it, is outline the shape of "wing" you want and fill it in with your desired liner.

Play around with colors, textures and shapes.

 Very important not to forget to SET YOUR LINER! All cream products need to be set with a powder. Choose an eyeshadow color that matches your liner or alternatively opt for a translucent powder to set.
This look is perfect for the working fashionista. It can easily be transitioned into an evening look by adding color to the lip, and a contour to the cheeks.

Some of you may still be scratching your heads in confusion and trembling in fright. Fear not for Dior has created "stick-on eyeliner"-sounds tacky, but it's not! 
We tried it, and have to say we were not disappointed. At first it feels a little foreign sitting atop our lids but it didn't take long to get used to the feeling. 
The perfectly positioned, smudge-proof liner goes down in our "cheaters handbook" as a must have!

Now that you're a "Winged Liner Pro", send us a picture of your winged liner, done free hand, for the chance to win a copy of The Calgary Crave Guide-The Urban Girls Manifesto.
Remember, no cheating with Dior's helping hands.

Please send all photos to artistswithin@shaw.ca

~Good Luck~

Much Love From,

The Artists Within Team XO

Fashion Friday-The streets of London and Milan are littered in fashion

| Friday, February 24, 2012

London Fashion week came and went...Now it's Milan's turn!

The fashion worn by the trend setters in both London and Milan is nothing short of inspiring, breathtaking and down right cool!

This London belle wears loose curls in her tresses

In London, effortless hair takes the cake!

In Milan, this tattooed bella shows us that the ombre is still suave.

Matching your makeup to your accessory satchel is done right on this London dame.

London-No brows paired with a bold lip works well on this platinum beauty.

In Milan...monochromatism caught our eye on this off duty model.

London-The 70's called to say they love this look!

London-Rain, Rain, go away...but only after I make a statement with my red umbrella. 

Milan-The simplicity of this outfit makes it practical for all fashion goers.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Love From,

The team at Artists Within Xo

Visit us on Monday for a new addition to our blog- Model Monday! We've got a beaut to show you!

Teach Me Tuesday:How to wear a Neon Lip

| Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Neon Lip is HOT this season!

Makeup artists dabbled in it a little last year, but this year the neon lip was perfected by artists, models and fashionistas alike!

If you haven't tried it in fear of doing it wrong, fear no further. Artists Within is here to help!

This model is sporting the tangerine pout (pantone color) that was seen on J. Crew models at last weeks NYFW.
With a natural, no makeup look on her lids and a wash of warmth to her skin, her neon orange lips make a jaw dropping statement.

This J. Crew model added a punch of color to this uber cute outfit with a glowing lip.

Try sporting a neon tangerine lip with royal blue, emerald green and neutral colors.

If tangerine isn't your thing, try a 'pretty in pink' neon kisser

Bronzed skin and a pink pout go together like, well, a tangerine lip and royal blue threads!

Peachy lids, slightly contoured cheeks, groomed brows...Put this all together with those bright lips and the result is striking!

If you're still timid to try this look, take a look at a few other options for a neon pucker.

So go ahead, be daring, try neon lips with your next outfit. You won't be disappointed!

Much Love,

The Artists Within 'NEON' Ladies XO

From the streets of NYC

| Friday, February 17, 2012

 New York folks live and breathe fashion

From the extraordinary to the extra-ordinary, fashion is everywhere in the Big Apple!

We have pulled a variety of individual looks with style's to inspire.


With bright, bold colors being a staple for Spring & Summer, this fashionistas brilliant dress and matching pout caught our eye!

Bold brows paired with nude makeup has an androgynous feel that packs a punch


This off-duty model slicked her hair away from her face so we could admire the features that are responsible for her modeling career.

When in doubt, a bun will always do the trick! This femme is a case in point.

Classic style with visual appeal...
Simple black and white with a textured sac; this outfit has an edge making it uber cool!

Polished and fresh with rock star allure.
The mix of colors and patterns make this outfit perfect to go from day into night in utmost style!

Enjoy your long weekend fashion lovers!

Much Love From,

The Artists Within Girls

2012 Fashion Events you need to know about

| Thursday, February 16, 2012

New York Fashion Week is coming to a close today...

Don't cry though; our "sources" have provided us with dates and locations for 2012 fashion events worldwide!


February 17-22 London, United Kingdom
London Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter Collections 2012

February 20-26 Washington, D.C.
D.C. Fashion Week
Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Collections

February 22-28 Milan, Italy
Milan Fashion Week
Women's Fashion Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Collections

February 28-March 7 Paris, France
Paris Fashion Week 
Ready-to-wear Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Collections

March 1-6 Mumbai, India
Lakme Fashion Week
Summer/Resort 2012 Collections

March 18-24 Toyko, Japan
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 Collections

March 27-April 1 Dunedin, New Zealand
iD Dunedin Fashion Week
Winter 2012 Collections

April 30-May 4 Sydney, Australia
Fashion Week Australia 
Spring/Summer 2013 Collections

There! That should keep you busy for a few months...

Much Love,

The Artists Within Girls XO

Models and Artists Galore

| Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Models and Artists Galore!

Check out the latest work done by our graduate Vered
Ashley Q, the stunning model, from AW models International!

If looks could kill, we'd all be dead!

Makeup by: Vered Amir
Model: AWI Ashley Q

A little Wednesday afternoon eye candy for thee!
You're welcome!

Much Love From,

The Artists Within Team 

Teach Me Tuesday- Makeup from NYFW

| Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Teach Me Tuesday
is a new addition to Artists Within's blog and we are so very excited!
We will introduce to you the latest hair, makeup and wardrobe and teach you how to mimic the looks we are seeing in magazines, runways and on TV.

This model was seen in "The Row" fashion show.
"THE ROW, a luxury apparel and accessories brand by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen"

This look is all about the luminous, fresh face.  If only we could all wake up looking like this!

Here are a few simple rules to follow to achieve the look:

1) Since we are at the final stages of winter, start considering switching your foundation to a tinted moisturizer. Not only do you get the added moisture, you will also get the SPF to protect your skin from sun damage in the months to follow.
 Try our Mineral Sheer Tint ($50.00) ; Alternatively, try mixing liquid Illuminator ($50) into your foundation to achieve this glow!

2) To contour your cheek bones and warm up the face, use our Cream Blush in Bronzage ($23).  Just apply with your fingers, blend out the edges and you're ready for Spring! 

A simple rule to remember: Cream products on Cream products; Powder on Powder.

For more photos of The Row's Spring/Summer 2012 collecting seen at NYFW, click here

Now onto one of our favorite decades...
The 60's

Get inspired by the decade that brought us PVC box dresses, pillbox hats, gogo boots, Twiggy and Peace, Love and Freedom.
1)  Charcoal smudged eyes -  Start off with eye base  ($21) to prevent any creasing. Press grey or black shadow into your lid blending slightly up and out, line your lids with black cake liner ($23) and finish with volume mascara ($26) 
      2)  Line lips with a bare lip pencil ($21). A peachy pink- #18 lip rouge $26 -is the right color for this lip!
                      3) Lightly dust the apples of your cheeks using a blush color similiar to your lip color. Try using Sheer Satin blush ($26) in Whisper Apricot. Or alternatively, pick up our 6 shade blush palette ($35) for all your "blushing" needs!
Tip: By PRESSING shadow into our lids instead of brushing it on, we prevent messy fallout especially when working with darker tints.
To view more of Erin Fetherston's spring/summer 2012 collection, click here 

2 very contrasting looks but with the proper colors, tools and products both looks can be achieved with minimal effort!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Much Love From, 

The Artists Within Ladies xo


A dose of NYFW for you

| Friday, February 10, 2012
 New York Fashion Week has arrived!

We've showcased some of our fave looks; one's that we can't wait to see more of this Spring!

Hair, Makeup and Garb, get ready!


The Row's runway makeup demonstrated that less is more with this illuminated base, contoured cheeks and natural lip. *Hearts a Flutter*

Erin Fetherston took us back in time with this 60's, MOD inspired look.


Wes Gordon made the traditional pony tail a little more pretty with soft waves

L.A.M.B  exaggerated the conventional bun atop her model's heads to go with her rocker chic collection.

Calvin Klein's collection oozed with femininity. Nude "color-blocking" leaves room to play up your makeup and accessories with bright, bold colors!

Loving the patterns this season, Proenza Schouler made a stunning outfit that any fashionista would drool over! 


We are introducing a new addition to our blog! Please check back every Tuesday for "Teach Me Tuesday's"

We'll dissect all the latest and greatest trends and show you how to re-create them!

Much Love From,

The Artists Within Gals xo

Important Information for Fashionista's

| Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wow! So much is going on at ARTISTS WITHIN this week!
Our full time makeup diploma students are busy working away on their final practical exams ; only 3 days left of class! Good Luck!

Parlour Magazine is doing a fashion show at Trib Steakhouse tomorrow, our top artists will be on location doing makeup.  
You definitely do not want to miss it!

 Get your tickets online by visiting www.parlourlife.com 

Also, have you ever heard of CRAVE? Not the cupcakes, but instead "The Ultimate Guide to women-owned businesses, featuring more than 100 entrepreneurs you need to know"

CRAVE Calgary is a savvy guide devoted to showcasing local businesses owned by women. Because Artists Within is just that, we are featured in this handy little guide!
We have them available for purchase ($20)  at Artists Within (#306, 822 11Ave SW), or send us an email for a special order artistswithin@shaw.ca!(shipping fee's may apply)
Get your CRAVE guide to learn all about the trendiest, most hip businesses that are operating right here, in Calgary! Not only that, but with this guide you will receive CRAVE discounts! 

Now, Wednesday wouldn't be the same without us bragging about our graduates and the cool things they have been up to! 
So here goes! Alyssa graduated from our full time makeup diploma course in October.
Here she is busy working on AWI Model, Jessica Nunez for a shoot with Kelly Mulner.

The finished product is beautiful! Great work both Artist and Model!

That's all for now friends, but stay tuned for our Fashion Friday posting where we will be talking about a little fashion week that is starting tomorrow...

Much Love From,

The Artists Within Team xo


| Monday, February 6, 2012

Last week, one of our top model's Bronwyn shot for Calgary Fashion's Love Prevails February Valentine's banner with the amazing team at Calgary Fashion, with Linda Sui as Creative Director. Check out the photos from the shoot, and watch this video, pretty deadly! 

Photographers: Fela Dales & Alexandra Beraru
Hair and Make-up: Douglas Cressman
Stylist: Linda Sui Lem
Assistants: Arielle Kiser & Ato Baako
Model: Bronwyn McDonald (Artists Within)



| Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wow, what a crazy few weeks its been since we have been back in the offices! Our models have been working nonstop building portfolios, shooting for magazines and blogs, as well as working on their walks for all of the upcoming shows! Firstly, we would like to introduce two new male models that have joined the AW Models International team. Both Kyle and Erik worked great in front of the camera when they shot with Vanessa before christmas, check out the photos we just recently received! 
Take a look- 



What do you think? Smokin' right!?

For booking contact: awmodels@artistswithin.com

Now I know you may be thinking we only have good looking new male talent, but that is definitely not the case! Check out our development models Liza and Magda in recent shoots- totally killing it! 

Recent Kelly Mulner Shoot

Shoot with Vanessa

One of our top model's Laura recently shot for the Bridal Guide here in Calgary. We haven't seen all the images yet, but the ones we have, wow! She makes one beautiful bride!
Take a look- 


For Bookings Contact: awmodels@artistswithin.com

Last week at Artists Within, the session styling class were all fortunate enough to receive instruction from one of Kevin Murphy's practicing session stylists. The girls learned many different styles and techniques for using all the different amazing products that Kevin Murphy offers. This is one line that we absolutely love, not to mention it is paraben-free and solely used for session styling. We brought two AWI models in for the girls to work with while David was teaching, and the end result turned out very cool! Check out Bronwyn and Kaitlyn with the graduated class of session stylists, and Kevin Murphy educator David!


Educator David with student tying knots


Students applying product to hair


Thank you to Bronwyn and Kaitlyn from AW Models International for lending their beautiful locks!

For Bookings Contact: awmodels@artistswithin.com


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