Katie Saarikko is a Canberra makeup artist who specialises in fashion, film, television and special event makeup.

Katie has been the Creative Director of Makeup for Fashfest since 2015. Her work has been published internationally and she has worked with some of Australia's top photographers. As a member of Canberra's budding film industry, Katie enjoys working on corporate films, music videos and creative shorts.

With a passion for training, Katie started her own personal use makeup lessons, Glow Again in 2017 and is offering classes for the general public. She also offers one on one makeup lessons and group training.

Katie was selected as a finalist in the Makeup Weapons "Makeup is Art" competition in 2016 for her piece "More is More" with Chrissie Hall.

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 nutrients before I start.

As a LBGTQI* ally, Katie teamed up with TranzAustralia for their poster campaign and to start the TranzAustralia Makeovers program which launched in June 2015. Katie is a firm believer in body positivity and inclusivity.

As a student, Katie won the Canberra Makeup Academy, Student of the Year Award in 2014 for her outstanding work in all areas.

Katie is also a makeup trainer at the Canberra Institute of Technology teaching in the Cert III in Make-Up course.

When asked as a child what Katie wanted to be when she grew up and she always said β€œan artist”. Starting out designing album covers and selling sculptures and paintings in local shops, Katie graduated towards makeup as an art form when performing in her own band then went on to study makeup and pursue work in the fashion industry.

During the day Katie works in one of Australia's national collecting institutes, where she is able to further immerse herself in her love for the arts and all things creative and theatrical.