Pin It
Mariko
Mariko for Sicky magazinecourtesy of Instagram/@lllllmarikolllll

Mariko is the MUA creating delicate beauty looks out of pasta and rocks


TextDazed Beauty

We speak to her about why she loves the smell of olive trees, hiding make-up from teachers at school and why she is optimistic about the future

The Dazed Beauty Community is our ever-expanding encyclopaedia of creatives and emerging talent from across the world who are redefining the way we think about beauty. From supermodels to digital artists to makeup prodigies transforming themselves in their bedrooms, these are the beauty influencers of tomorrow who embody everything Dazed Beauty is about. Discover them here.

One look at Mariko’s Instagram and you are immersed in a graceful fantasyland of delicate make-up looks inspired by the beauty of the natural world. “I feel most beautiful when I feel something related with the law of nature, something primitive,” the make-up artist and self-described face decorator says. Mariko’s artistic sensibilities started at a young age. As a child, she would draw anime characters and animals, while at beauty school in Tokyo she was fascinated by her art history classes. Dividing her time between London and Tokyo, Mariko takes inspiration from her childhood in Japan, and often works with unusual materials unusual, from rocks and flowers to fruit and pasta. “I really like images which have a kind of illusion where you can’t see how it was made. I try to recreate that in my work.” We speak to her about why she loves the smell of olive trees, hiding make-up from teachers at school and why she is optimistic about the future.

What’s your career highlight?
I don’t know, honestly. I think it hasn’t come yet.

What 3 beauty products are in your bag right this second?
Kiehl’s lip balm and that’s all.

What’s your earliest beauty related memory?
When I was in junior high, my school was very strict on grooming and appearance which meant we couldn’t wear make-up – even plucking our eyebrows. But I used to do my eyebrows and hide them from the teachers. That’s my earliest memory.

Describe your beauty aesthetic in 3 words.
God is in the details.

What’s your favourite smell and why?
The smell of a fragrant olive tree. It reminds me of my childhood. There were olive trees planted in my primary school and these years were my most impressionable age.

Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Jiro in the animation film “The Wind Rises” by Studio Ghibli. He is an aviation engineer and I like his way of working. I look up to him.

What does beauty mean to you?
It is something that touches people’s minds. It mightn’t be an object. It is something about the spirit. I grew up in a Buddhist society so I feel I have a grasp on that idea but I’m still learning.

What beauty product would you take with you to the moon?
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and Yonka Creme 83 – I love these smells and they will help me to stay fresh, happy and healthy in life at space.

What does the future of beauty look like?
Beauty will be more strongly connected with different kinds of subjects like science, mathematics or thoughts.

Are you optimistic about the future?
Yes, definitely. I have lots of things I would like to do. And also I’d like to keep finding my own way.

What do you think the world will look like in 100 years?
The world will change but I think people won’t change. I hope humans are still crafting things with their own hands.

Read Next
Doooo
Artist and DJ Doooo finds beauty in flesh with his everyday object art Spotlight
Tight Foreskin 1
What to do if you have a tight foreskin – AKA phimosis Beauty Feature
Waterdrop Nails
Waterdrop nails are the next big trend for manicures Beauty news
Dries Van Noten AW20
Billie Eilish’s slime coloured roots are the biggest look of fashion week Beauty news
Six pack contouring
Ab Fab: Why six pack contouring is trending and troubling Beauty Feature
Tik Tok
Meet the #TikTokDocs giving professional medical advice through trap music Beauty Feature
IMG_20200201_103217
I did downward dogs with actual puppies and (obviously) loved it Tried and Tested
Guide Beauty
Guide Beauty is a new make-up brand perfect for people with shaky hands Beauty news
Emma Dabiri
Author Emma Dabiri is fighting for Afro hair to be protected by the law Beauty Feature
TikTok
TikTok users are celebrating their natural beauty using works of art Beauty news
hair trend 2020 buller and rice salon london
5 upcoming 2020 hair trends to try before they’re everywhere Beauty Trends
Rook
Rook Perfumes wants to transport you to the forest with new collection Beauty news
rae wellness metabolism drops tiktok weight loss
An expert weighs in on Rae’s metabolism drops, TikTok’s viral wellness fad Beauty Feature
fka twigs cat birthday party ed marler matthew josephs
The cat’s pyjamas: Exclusive snaps of FKA twigs’ cat-themed birthday party Photo story
Erykah Badu
‘A whole nother kinda pu$$¥’: Erykah Badu on Gwyneth’s Goop vagina candle Beauty news
calvin klein ck everyone mlma campaign fragrance
MeLoveMeALot on cloning herself on Instagram, genderless beauty, and more Beauty Feature