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Katie Saarikko

Katie Saarikko
Katie Saarikko, Make-up

I have been a visual artist since early childhood, however was swayed away from the arts when choosing my line of study. Halfway through a degree in Criminology I decided I needed to follow my passion and enrolled in a makeup course. Being the oldest in the class was actually of benefit; I took classes more seriously and made sure I was getting my money's worth. It is never too late to follow your dream.

After graduating I worked as a freelance makeup artist, working with local photographers, film makers and doing special event makeup. I was asked to be the Creative Director of Makeup for Canberra's own fashion show, Fashfest and have been in this position for the last 2 years. In 2015 I started a program with some friends to help the gender diverse community of Canberra with hair and makeup skills. TranzAustralia Makeovers has been featured in the local media for our work helping people in need. Seeing the look on a person’s face when you've helped them feel beautiful is what inspires me as a makeup artist.

Teaching has always been something I was interested in, having taught in the IT field previously. Even when doing makeup for a client, I can't help throwing in a little bit of a lesson here and there. I've always had a knack for being able to explain technical information to people in a way that they can understand and apply. The choice to teach at CIT was a simple one, the courses are great and my team members are supportive. I teach in the Cert III in Makeup.

The most memorable moment for me was the first time my students completed an assessment. Seeing all the hard work we had put in, coming to fruition was amazing. They had all honed their skills, using everything I had to offer them as a trainer and proved to me that they were makeup artists.

CIT is a fantastic opportunity to gain the fundamental skills that will get you working in your desired field, as quickly as possible. I teach within the Cert III in Makeup and know that this course covers all of the essentials you need to jump into the industry. The extra units such as brow waxing and eyelash extensions are something that most other courses do not include and are great money makers for your business.