Hi, I am Katie Saarikko! (saa-reek-koh)
I’m a makeup artist and beauty photographer based in Australia's capital, Canberra. I completed my Diploma of Specialised Makeup Services in 2014 and have established myself as a creative artist working in beauty, fashion and event makeup.
My style is natural, radiant and glowy with a touch of glamour. I don’t like to use heavy coverage products and prefer being able to see the skin. I love being able to create a look to suit my client rather than copying an image from the internet.
My passion lies in beauty editorial makeup and photography. To get the types of images I was after, I completed courses in hair styling, nail art, beauty photography, lighting and retouching. This skill set allows me to create beauty images without requiring a full team of creatives. My background in traditional art means that I understand colour, shape and design.
My makeup work has been published internationally and I have worked with some of Australia's top photographers. From 2015 – 2018 I was the Creative Director of Makeup for Fashfest. I’ve worked with many production companies on corporate films, music videos and creative shorts.
My love of 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. I am always trying to improve my work so taking part in competitions is a fun way to push myself.
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! Get in touch and tell me about how I can help you.
Creative Director of Makeup for Fashfest 2015 – 2018
Lead Makeup Artist – Chachino Bridal Expo (2016)
Assistant Makeup Artist – Chachino La Realisation for Jacqui Scott (2015)
Diploma of Specialist Makeup (2014) – Canberra Makeup Academy
Student of the Year Award (2014) – Canberra Makeup Academy
Apply Gel Nail Enhancements - Statement of Attainment (2018)
Isabelle de Vries - Editorial Makeup Masterclass (2018)
Studio Beauty - Retouching Academy (2018)
Master Dodge and Burn - Retouching Academy (2016)
Martha Mok - Asian Bridal Makeup updated (2018)
Martha Mok - Master Hair Styling, Advanced Hair Styling and Asian Bridal Makeup (2017)
Rae Morris Masterclass (2015)
Ali Price Eyes Workshop (2015)
Danielle Murrihy Hairstyling (2015)