Melbourne Makeup Artist Katie Saarikko

Hi, I am Katie Saarikko (Saah-rik-koh)!

I’m a Melbourne based makeup artist and beauty photographer. I completed a Diploma of Specialised Makeup Services in 2014 and have since established myself as a creative artist working in commercial, beauty, fashion and event makeup.

I was the runner up in the 2019, Makeup Weapons – Weapons of Mass Creation competition in the PRO Artist category.

My photography work appeared on the cover of Imirage Magazine in December 2019.

To get the types of beauty images I was after, I completed further education in:

My passion lies in beauty editorial makeup and photography. The act of “releasing” through the creation of art is my driving force. I also devote time to helping other artists achieve their creative goals. I am an agitator, pushing other artists to go beyond their comfort zones, into the place that art exists in it’s truest form.

My makeup and photography work has appeared in publications such as Laud, Imirage, Gilded, Promo, Venevo, Pump, Ascension, Scorpio Jin, Dark Beauty, Leiden, Lost Four Words, HerCanberra and Coco.

In 2019 I directed the makeup team for the Meraki fashion show. From 2015 – 2018 I was the Creative Director of Makeup for Fashfest, Canberra’s biggest fashion show. I’ve worked with many production companies on corporate films, music videos and creative shorts.

As a LBGTQI* ally, I have worked with the gender diverse and queer community on several projects including the 2019 Gender Diversity project posters, launching the TranzAustralia Makeovers program and the TranzAustralia poster campaign in 2015.

I am a firm believer in body positivity and inclusivity. For the purposes of search engine optimisation “women or womxn” has been used on this website.

Get in touch and find out how I can help you.

XO Katie

“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. ”




Banner image by Doug Hall.