Permanent Cosmetics Training Academy2020-05-28T23:21:47+00:00

About True Life Canvas Academy

Owner and Lead trainer, Hayley Shortridge-Gabriel, has worked full time in permanent cosmetics for 8 years and has a background in professional art. You can feel her passion for what she does and the desire to teach others to have the same impact on their client’s lives.

We want our students to leave class with the confidence knowing they were properly trained, which why our 5 Day Fundamental course includes: practicing on fake skin, color theory, multiple brow methods (including 3D hair strokes), procedure room setup and tear down, two live models, proper paperwork, a goodie bag of supplies, and more!

For 2020, we are offering both Fundamental classes and various Advanced courses in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Get certified in One Week



We empower the uniqueness inside each student



We have a holistic approach to our academy wanting to not only train you with the best techniques and products, but also equip you with business tools and marketing advice to see you succeed at starting your own exciting career in just one week!

This class includes book work and five days of hands-on training in multiple brow methods including: 3D Hair strokes, Powdered Brows and Combo Brows (combination of hair strokes and powdered). Class also includes:

  • Working with different machines
  • Multiple brow methods (including 3D hair strokes)
  • How to measure and design a good brow
  • Practicing on fake skin
  • Practice with TWO live models
  • Skin anatomy
  • Color theory
  • OSHA standards
  • Procedure room setup and tear down
  • Taking Before/After photos
  • Proper client paperwork
  • Getting your business set up
  • Advertising tips
  • You should be ready to start your new business as soon as you are done with your class!
  • And more!

You should be ready to start your new business as soon as you are done with your class!

At the end of the week, you will work on 2 Live models with constant observation and coaching from your trainer at all times.

Price of our fundamental brow class includes $200 towards a Nouveau Contour Machine of your choice, Girlz Ink Online Color Theory class (valued at $350), and a goodie bag of materials: starter pigments, manual, and more!

Permanent Eyebrows by Hayley Shortridge-Gabriel


Already know microblading and want to learn machine work? Or just looking for a refresher course, so you can be the very best for your clients with continued education?

Our Machine Crossover Class includes a live demonstration, multiple brow methods, one live model, and a goodie bag!


Help your clients save time getting ready in the morning with truly waterproof eyeliner! This class is available as an Add-On for our Brow Fundamental Students or as a standalone course for existing PMU artists.

Class includes live demonstration, facial analysis, color theory, multiple needle techniques, stretching, one live model, and a goodie bag!


Maybelline has nothing on the long lasting power of permanent cosmetics! This technique can help create a defined lip shape and there are so many color options out there to meet your clients’ unique needs.

Class includes live demonstration, facial analysis, color theory, needle choice, stretching, one live model, and a goodie bag!

arola repigmentation by Hayeley Shortridge-Gabriel


In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. With this technique we can use our skills to help survivors restore what once was lost.

Class includes live demonstration, practicing on fake skin, color theory, tattoo placement, client forms, and a goodie bag!

arola repigmentation by Hayeley Shortridge-Gabriel


Fundamental Digital Microblading Brow Class (Hands-On Portion)
June 17th - 19th, 2020: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


3D Areola Paramedical Tattooing Class
June 22nd, 2020: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho



Are financing options available?2019-06-20T19:14:54+00:00

Yes, in an effort to make tuition more accessible to our students, regardless of their financial situation, we’ve partnered with the companies below:

Advance Care Card
Interest free periods of 12 to 6 months are available making financing more affordable than you might think. Flexible terms, low interest rates and great customer service.

Finds student-friendly payment plans that fit their needs. Unlike
credits cards, Parasail has fixed interest rates based on your financial information, no fees and affordable payments that can be spread out monthly to fit your budget to ensure that you get the financial assistance you’re looking for. With a single application, Parasail will search loan offers from all of the top online lenders without affecting your credit score – and you can select the right fixed-term loan option for you.

Surv Credit
Their process is safe, simple, and secure.
• 100% Financing Available
• Get Pre-Approved (No Impact to Score)
• Easy Online Application
• Rates as Low as 5.99%
• Funding Up to $35,000
• Fixed Payments
• No Prepayment Penalty
• Up to 60 Months to Pay Back
• 11 Banks with 14 Billion to Loan

For more information please contact us.

What is the difference between microblading and digital microblading?2019-06-14T20:16:22+00:00

Permanent cosmetic techniques for eyebrows are now known by several names including but not limited to; microstroking, microblading, eyebrow embroidery, eyebrow feathering, and 3D eyebrows. Although the names differ, the results are the same; beautiful and natural looking tattooed hairstrokes. Both techniques can accommodate different needle configurations needed to implement custom tailored permanent cosmetics. Both techniques are ideal for filling in sparse areas of the natural eyebrow, either by powdering or hairstroke, where hair isn’t present as well as adding to already full brows. These procedures also help to define and enhance the brow shape. The best possible healed results from any procedure requires strict adherence to aftercare instructions.

Where are you located?2019-06-14T20:15:33+00:00

Our studio and academy is located downtown Coeur d’Alene Idaho. If you are from out of the area, ask about our travel discount.

Do you have to be an esthetician or cosmetologist to be certified in permanent cosmetics?2019-06-14T20:12:55+00:00


What are the prerequisites to take this class?2019-06-14T20:12:13+00:00

Permanent Cosmetics falls under a unique categorization of body tattooing and therefore no further education is required as a prerequisite to be certified.

It is recommended you look into your state laws and regulations for business operation (i.e. required to work on a non-porous surface, quick access to running water, etc). We can discuss in class as well.

Obviously this profession is not suited for everyone.  Take into consideration if you have good hand/eye coordination or not. If there are physical limitations you are concerned about please feel free to talk to Hayley about those concerns.

Why do so many choose our Academy? 


Are you ready to start a new career