Hi! I am Katie Saarikko and I’m a Canberra makeup artist. I work mostly in beauty, editorial, special event and bridal makeup. Recently I have branched out into beauty photography and retouching. My background in traditional art has given me a deep understanding of colour and design.
My makeup work has been published internationally and I have worked with some of Australia's top photographers. From 2015 – 2017 I was the Creative Director of Makeup for Canberra’s equivalent to Fashion Week, Fashfest. I’ve worked with many production companies on corporate films, music videos and creative shorts.
My passion for training led to me develop my own personal use makeup lessons that I call 100% Fresh. I offer group training to women of all ages, teaching them from basic to more complex makeup skills. One on one lessons are also available.
I am always trying to improve my work so taking part in competitions is a fun way to push myself. I was selected as a finalist in the Makeup Weapons "Makeup is Art" competition in 2016 for my piece "More is More".
I am passionate about beauty and editorial make up, I believe skin care is key and treat all of my models and clients to a healthy dose of skin prep before I start.
As a LBGTQI* ally, I teamed up with TranzAustralia for their poster campaign and to start the TranzAustralia Makeovers program which launched in June 2015. I am a firm believer in body positivity and inclusivity. For the purposes of search engine optimisation “women” has been used on this website.
As a student, I won the Canberra Makeup Academy, Student of the Year Award in 2014 for my outstanding work in all areas. I then went on to teach at the Canberra Institute of Technology teaching in the Cert III in Make-Up in 2017.
When I was a child, I wanted to be either an artist or a forensic scientist. I was always making things as a kid. Some of my first paid jobs were designing album covers for heavy metal bands and selling sculptures and paintings in local shops, I graduated towards makeup as an art form when performing in my own band then went on to study makeup. Along with makeup, I create miniatures, clay sculptures, doll restorations and large scale artworks from recycled toys.
That's enough from me, it is difficult to talk about yourself!