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February 25, 2014

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Imagine this. It’s 11:40am on a Saturday. Your friend phones you. You slap your hand around trying to feel for your phone on your side table. You pick up the phone groggily. “What!? I’m sleeping! This better be good” you mumble grumpily. “Oh it’s good alright. I won a contest to meet Big Bang and 2NE1 for lunch and I can bring one lucky friend. They’re going to be outside your house in 20 minutes in a bright red limo! GET YER ARSE OUT OF BED!!!!” You hang up the phone and in one fluid movement you’re out of bed and running into the shower. “20 minutes?!” you frantically think…”that’s not even enough time to wash and dry my hair! I guess it’s a hat day. Well at least I can put my makeup on in five minutes or less thanks to Martina’s ‘5 Minute Makeup video’ I recently watched on YouTube. I should take a selfie with TOP and send it to her as a thank you.”

Yes, yes you should because one day this makeup tutorial could get you a hot date with a kpop idol. Okay. So perhaps it won’t, but it will save your butt when you have to look better than usual and only have a short amount of time to accomplish it. When it comes to putting on makeup quickly, it depends on where you are going and who you are facing. This 5 Minute tutorial is intended to be used for a face-to-face kindof of situation since it helps you maintain a natural look when up close to another human being. Getting ready to be on camera? That’s a whole different ball game!

BIG HOWEVER! In order for this tutorial to work for you, you have to use an eyeshadow that best matches your skin’s undertone and lightens your skin. Your aim is to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, something that dark colours will not achieve. I’ve added some pictures of different eyeshadow shades you could use depending on your skin colour. I use white or a light pink eyeshadow to match my undertone, what would you use? If you don’t know what you’d use, I want to talk about those pesky undertones and how to find what your natural colour is so that you can use this 5 Minute Makeup look perfectly!

Skin Undertones And How To Match Your Natural Colours

I remember when I was a little kid my mom had this amazing flip book with little swatches of fabric. This little fabric makeup book was created so that you could find your skin’s undertone. You skin colour might be called white or black, but your undertone is totally different! Using this little fabric flip book you could physically see what fabric matched your skin. For me, I matched with the pinks very well and clashes horribly with the oranges. So I found out that I am white with a pink undertone. Your undertones can be pink, yellow, peach, golden, or brown. So you can be white with a yellow undertone, white with a golden undertone, black with a golden undertone, white with a pink undertone, olive with a yellow undertone. There are a whole slew of confusing terms for this like having cool or warm shades, having blue or red or green undertones, but I frankly don’t understand them very well. Skin can also be fair, ivory, olive, dark, golden, bronze…wahhhh so many choices! Essentially, you’ve got a basic skin colour + an undertone of either pink or red, peachy (pink+yellow), or yellow or golden. I don’t fully understand the green undertone so if anyone can help me figure that undertone out I’d love to know! I’ve seen examples of green undertones online but no matter how hard I look I can’t see where the green is coming from.

So this is my little cheat sheet:

-Pink + white skin go for a white/beige or light pink eyeshadow

-Yellow~golden + white skin go for a white/peach toned eyeshadow

-Red or yellow + olive skin go for dark rose or red brown (not pink)/non-shimmery bronze/non-shimmery copper (this is the toughest skin to match the undertone)

-Yellow or Golden + caramel skin go for a light brown/non-shimmery gold eyeshadow

-Red~golden + dark chocolate skin go for a medium brown/dark chocolate pink eyeshadow

The key to making your eyes look naturally bigger and brighter is to use a lighter colour than your skin without drawing attention to the fact that you are wearing makeup. Using a lower lid liner that is a light sparkling colour helps open up your eye as well, and I find a silver or gold colour does that really well. A lot of people use white but since most people’s skin is not actually true white I find it looks very obvious you’re wearing white. The silver and gold colours blend in a lot better to your skin thus giving you a naturally bright eyed bushy tailed look. I know that wearing pink, peach, or gold isn’t a natural skin colour, but if it’s close to your skin tone it does’t look as popping as wearing hot pink, purple, or baby powder blue. Of course these colours look awesome, but when you’re trying to sneakily pull of the natural look, avoid anything with too much shimmer or a very unnatural colour. Like when I wear super natural hot pink. You can’t even tell right? Hahahah! Let me know if these tips or tricks help out a bit! I’d love to hear what your go-to colour is and what colours look dreadful on you. For me, orange is the devil. It looks terrible on me!

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  1. I think that mascara and lipstick is also a good, fast, classy look. When I wear lipstick, I try not to do too much with my eyes anyways because it can make my makeup a little overwhelming. ^^

    2 years ago
    • Exactly! Perfect if you want a classy look but can’t bother with complicated eye make-up.

      2 years ago
  2. Thanks for the video. I normally wake up super late so i only ever put on eyeliner and bb cream and mad dash out the door.Now i can finally look actually o.k.
    p.s. i love your make up tutorials

    2 years ago
  3. Kohl eyeliner is one answer you were looking for. It is called either a pencil or a crayon depending on the thickness of the physical thing. What you had is a pencil. I should know, I’m terrible with liquid for some reason.

    I have a highlighter/concealer liquid duo (in a double-ended thingy) that I use when I’m in a hurry and looking super sleepy (translation: most every day) Highlighter just under my lower lashes, concealer just under that in a triangle to my cheekbones, blend for jesus in to the bb cream…bam! Less sleepy AND younger looking….not that I look old…or that anyone else does…
    Oh and I use a colored eyeliner instead of eyeshadow! Just in the middle of my eyelid with black on either side and as my tightliner. *nods* Good stuff colored eyeliner…

    2 years ago
  4. I totally feel your pain! The only reason I can put on makeup at all is because I dance, and I’ve never put on eyeliner. I always manage to poke myself in the eye (very limited hand eye coordination, obviously).

    2 years ago
  5. Martina which BB cream do you use? ;_____; My skin is paper-vampire-ghostly white and I don’t tan, I burn like a lobster, plus it’s really sensitive too. I have tried BB cream before but the color was too orangish-yellowish for me. _(´д`」∠)_ I don’t want to die before experiencing the magic of that makeup!

    2 years ago
    • Thank you so much! The one I tried was the gold version of that one but it was too dark for me. Hopefully the pink one will work better! I appreciate the help!

      2 years ago
  6. Kat

    Totally choked on my frosted mini wheats when suju suddenly came on. Thank you for the tips, Martina!! I’ve always wondered how you made your eyes look so pretty!

    2 years ago
  7. My 5 minute make up is practically the same as this. Foundation, powder, light eyeshadow and mascara. Though it never takes me 5 minutes to put all that on xD if I’m really stuck for time I’ll just foundation ma face and be all like “I woke up lyk diz”

    2 years ago
  8. If I’m really in a rush then i just put on a tiny bit of foundation on the blotchy parts of my skin then blend it in. Then if I think my eyes look suuuper tired and it looks like I’m becoming a zombie then I’ll put on eyeliner. Sometimes my eyes look nice and big on their own so I leave them alone. :) I like the shiny white eyeliner that you put on the bottom though. I’ve never tried it and i usually leave it naked and then just do the wings on my eyelids. The one thing that i do sometimes though is that I connect the wing a tiny bit of my waterline so that the edge of my eye looks darker and then get drastically lighter by the time you halfway into your eye.

    2 years ago
  9. put on make-up? somehow when i try it translates to “draw on face” >.> which is why i generally don’t wear it…. unless no one can see

    2 years ago
  10. I love the way you do these make-up tutorials, it’s so funny! By the way, I have dark blonde hair, so purple or pink eyeshadows don’t look very good on me…

    2 years ago
  11. sorry I am not a morning person to make the effort to put on makeup in the morning lol iitsss harrd!!!

    http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Makeup/a/How-To-Determine-Your-Skin-S-Undertone.htm

    2 years ago
  12. If you can get to a Sephora; Urban Decay, Too Faced and Smashbox make really good shadow primers. You can get samples too so you can test them out @ home to see what works best for your skin type. I have oily lids, and Smashbox is AMAZING. Locks it in and it stays put all day.

    For liquid liner….if you’re just starting out, get a felt-tip liner or a gel liner + angled brush. Stila makes a great felt-tip liquid liner (I suck at liner and can get it perfect with it). Maybelline has a good gel-liner, that I use with an Essence angled brush. It’s just as good as MAC’s fluidline, but a fraction of the cost.

    The best thing to do though is practice, practice … and practice some more. And get one of those mirrors that magnify your face 100x. lol Even if you’re just sitting at home, play around with application to see what works best for you. And watch youtube beauty videos. :D

    2 years ago
    • Yeah, I live in Korea. I can’t do that.
      I don’t feel like I’m cut out for those wing-tip eyeliner. I have a good stick liner from Nature Republic that I use in a really dark brown to bring out the blue in my eyes (vs a black) but then black for mascara..

      2 years ago
      • Sephora now ships to SK. :)

        Don’t feel like you can’t do it! Honestly, just keep practicing. If *anyone* says they mastered the cat-eye on their first try, they’re a lying liar.

        2 years ago
  13. Do I see a red Dalek in the background??? :D Had no idea you guys were Dr. Who fans! Awesome!

    2 years ago
  14. I always do four basic things in the morning: one, foundation (or BB cream or nothing if your skin is pretty as is or you don’t want anything extra on it), two, fill-in and shape eyebrows, three, mascara or light eyeliner, four, lip gloss or lipstick. If you don’t get too involved it takes 3 – 5 minutes to slap it all on! And if I have more time I take more time and get more inventive with eyeshadow and liner.

    2 years ago
  15. Sometimes I only bring the liquid eyeliner from the outside wing to the middle of my eyelid so that I still get the effect but it’s bigger and still fresh!

    2 years ago
  16. Pencil, Martina. The word you were looking for is an eyeliner pencil.

    2 years ago
    • Also, the opposite of a liquid is a solid. Or a gas but I don’t think we have gaseous make-up (unless airbrushing counts).

      2 years ago
  17. im female and i never wear make up. just maybe once in school during a performance on stage where i had to put on stage make up. none the less i like to watch martina’s make up tutorial for no apparent reason. im sorry martina, i do get ready quickly by not putting on make up. sometimes i dont even comb my hair, just brush it along my fingers LOL,

    but my sister does have 1 trick for getting ready fast, which is to wear big hipster specs (with no lens). she says it takes the attention away from the lack of eye make up. not sure if its true.

    2 years ago
  18. Love it! Although I think you should try not crossing the line created by extending your lower lash line when you do the eyeliner flick (like in the picture). When you do, it brings your eyes down instead of making them cat-like :(

    2 years ago
    • I think the droopy eye ulzzang look is pretty popular over there right now, so Martina’s probably on trend.

      2 years ago
  19. i like how unlike other videos, the title is 5 minute makeup and the video actually is 5 minutes long.

    2 years ago
  20. Five-minute eye makeup is my daily routine! Not that I don’t like going to town with makeup on the rest of my face but I’ve accepted I have a skin condition and just putting makeup on is just feeding the problem, so I go o’ natural always. Anywho, my life saving quick tip is dry shampoo. I’m seriously always running late for work and some days don’t have time to wash & dry my hair. The dry shampoo revives greasy hair and adds some volume to make it look full and alive. I love it for my bangs especially since I fight with them all day long and they get greasy quickly.

    2 years ago
  21. For me I can’t walk out of my dorm without at least my foundation of concealer, bb cream and mineral powder (22 years old and still fighting an uphill battle against acne T^T). On the days I oversleep its that and a quick eyelash curl then mascara to make myself look awake.

    2 years ago
  22. Cool video Martina, thanks for the tips. It was cool to see the makeup room too.

    When I’m SUPER in a hurry, I might use a BB cream (but my skin is too sensitive so I usually use a photoready blender (?), also helps with the eyelids, then foundation on top) and illuminating powder all over. I will then use a brown gel eyeliner with a small flat brush on my brows (then a q-tip to smooth) and just between my eyelashes with a tiny wing on the corners and coloured chapstick (I think Avon makes them? my Mother-in-Law gave me a bounty of them for x-mas, they rock!) because all of these don’t require a ton of co-ordination and you can just slap stuff on and if you’re a little inaccurate, you can smooth the badness away with your fingers and don’t have to get remover out of the cabinet. I find that nice eyebrows (not necessarily 100% smooth – however you want to define them) really make one look polished, even when you only spent 2 minutes on your makeup.

    2 years ago
  23. bb cream and mascara are my absolute minimum make up look. i also tightline my upper lashline which is really quick to do and makes your eyes look way better than just mascara. i’d also say that another great tip for completely transforming your face with one product is blush – especially if you are deathly pale like me (lol) and that person is calling you at 11:40am on a saturday where you also happen to have a hangover … *ahem*.. blush really wakes up your face.

    2 years ago
  24. i had problems figuring out too until i used the tip of seeing which jewellery looks better on you and makes your skin glow – (even if you don’t like or normally wear that kind of jewellery) – gold (yellow undertones) or silver (pink undertones). i’ve got warm/yellow undertones which means warmer colours look better on me – which sucks because i find warm colours boring and love cold and bright colours :D damn you, nature!!

    2 years ago
  25. I get ready quickly by just not putting on makeup!

    ….sorry, couldn’t resist. It’s generally true, though. If I do wear makeup, it’s usually only eyeliner and nothing else. The only time I ever go all-out with makeup is when I cosplay. :P

    2 years ago
  26. my default look is just etude house choux baby base plus some blush and lip tint that’s all ! color fit from etude house last really long ! so if you are just lazy and wanting to skip the lip makeup part, lip tints are the best!

    2 years ago
    • I love the etude house baby base! I use the green one under my BB cream when I’m having a rashy day. I tend to break out in little rashes and hives easily. :( And OMG lip tint! So awesome right??!!

      2 years ago
      • the lip tints are awesome!!! they are the best! etude house any cushion is also good! u can all skip the foundation part and applied some plus lip tint then you are good to go ! it even works for evening events !

        2 years ago
  27. My default looks is just a liquid liner winged look and lip gloss. I can never for the life of me remember to put on mascara. Fancy times I’ll take the time to blend on eyeshadow. But yeah – I do the light eyeshadow + white waterline pencil look for when I’m hella tired. Like I worked a 16 hour shift and 8 hours later I’m back at work omg I’m making killer overtime tired. My coworkers think I’m a machine as I look awake. Little do they know, its all makeup! MUAHAHAHAAA.

    2 years ago
  28. i’m really jealous of people who can put on make up to go to school/work… i would look out of place taking care of goats and making cheese with my dirty clothes and eyeliner or mascara on!! ^^ and that’s why i totally suck at putting make up, even that 5 minutes trick would end in a disaster because i’m out of practice *sigh*

    2 years ago
    • HERMIGAWD GOATS!!! AND GOAT CHEESE! TELL ME MORE!

      2 years ago
      • lol you do love goat cheese THAT much huh!! well i’m the girl who’s making sure that goats give good milk and then make cheese with it!! i’m french though so it’s the raw milk/smelling strong with strong taste type of cheese ;) (and goats are definitly the cutest animals on earth)

        2 years ago
  29. My really lazy makeup routine is: BB Cream (but I normally forget or only wear it if it’s sunny), black eyeliner.

    If I pull too many all-nighters from writing papers (damn you uni…), I wear eyeliner to try and conceal the exhaustion in my eyes.
    I also always put it on like a kpop boy. I dont care for wing tips (I think its more for my cousin), so my eyes would always look something like Jonghyun’s makeup in Everybody combined with a bit of Baekhyun in Mama. My mom says I dont need it on the bottom part of my eye, but I like it under there and it makes my eyes bigger.

    2 years ago
  30. My favourite tip. If you need your make up to last all day then milk of magnesia is a wonderful, cheap and really effective primer. Just put a little on some cotton wool, rub all over your face and leave for a couple of seconds. Your make up will last all day and stay pretty darn near perfect. Also, rather wonderfully, it is great for your skin so you’re treating your skin as well as preparing it for make up!

    PS If you use too much then you may get little white chalky bits on your face. These will rub off and no harm is done. You have to use quite a lot to get the chalky bits though (not that I’ve done that or anything…)

    2 years ago
    • Milk of magnesia is not safe for your skin. Even though its composition allows it to break down oils on your face, which is why people with oily skin often use it as a primer, it is absolutely not “treating your skin” or making it better in any way. Please don’t tell people that. Instead, use a primer that is specifically formulated for oily skin and most importantly, safe for your skin.

      Your skin is naturally acidic in order to act as a barrier to bacteria; its pH is about 4.5-6.2. Milk of magnesia, however, is a base that has a pH of 10.5, which means it’s very alkaline. When you put an alkaline substance like milk of magnesia on your skin, you’re destroying your skin’s acid mantle and therefore preventing your skin from acting as a barrier to bacteria, along with causing other harmful effects. This is also why another baking soda, another basic substance and popular home skin care remedy ingredient, is bad for your skin.

      Here’s an easy-to-understand blog post that elaborates on what I said: http://www.brightestbulbinthebox.com/2013/11/why-milk-of-magnesia-is-crappy-primer.html

      There’s a lot of research out there about this topic, so you read more about if you want to.

      2 years ago
      • Oh no, I really seem to have offended you – sorry!! I put the tip up because I’ve used milk of magnesia pretty much every day for over 18 years now (over half my life). My mum’s friend recommended I try it because I had really bad acne as a teenager and nothing else (lots of creams and pills from the doc) was working. My skin cleared up pretty much within days and at 36 I have no spots, lines or wrinkles hence why I thought it was good for your skin. These days I still use it as a primer. Whenever I go for facials I am told I have really good skin. Admittedly though I eat very well and exercise 6 days out of 7 which I think may help.

        However, the very last thing I would ever want to do is suggest something that would be bad for anyone’s skin, especially as I was really self conscious about mine after the acne. You seem to work in the industry from the passion and knowledge you seem to have so I defer to your better experience in the matter.

        I won’t change what I do because it works for me but thanks for highlighting the issue for anyone who may have taken my tip and ended up with bad skin as a result.

        Sorry if I upset you.

        2 years ago
  31. My (very) lazy makeup routine is: brows, concealer, mascara. After your etude house video, I ordered their bb cream and a lipstick and both are freaking amazing. What was the bb cream you used in this video?

    2 years ago
  32. Great video!
    My go-to makeup is definitely eyeliner. If NOTHING else, I go for the eyeliner. Other than that, BB cream, a bit of blush so that I don’t look completely like a zombie (NOT a morning person), and mascara if I’m feeling frisky. Ooh baby.

    2 years ago
  33. Green undertones are obviously for the aliens Martina ;)

    2 years ago
  34. my quick minimal makeup is bbcream, eyeliner and mascara.
    if i dont have time to do full makeup sometimes i wear glasses to hide my under-eye circles lol. ^^;

    oh and lip stain! i apply just a super quick swipe of a bright red on the inner parts of my lip to give it like a gradient lip or bitten lip look. and i just use chapstick on top ^^

    2 years ago
  35. Uhm.. this is actually my normal make up routine.. XD Just some rouge and that’s it. xD

    2 years ago
  36. Nice tutorial :) I thought I was the only one who draw the wing only when I put eyeliner xD And , don’t worry, I also don’t know what is the word for the no-liquid eyeliner in english. In French, we called it a crayon but that’s all I know!

    When I don’t have time in the morning, I usually put bb cream, powder, blush and bronzer and nothing on my eyes (I also do that when I feel that my eyes are tired/irrited and when my eyelashes are falling). And when, I’m super motivated, I put eyeshadow, eyeliner etc…

    2 years ago
    • Non-liquid eyeliner is called pencil eyeliner. :)

      2 years ago
      • I thought it was khol eyeliner? Or is that just the super soft pencils that you can smudge out easily? lol

        2 years ago
      • Seriously? It was as simple as that? I feel quite stupid right now xD

        2 years ago
  37. oh no did it eat my comment…

    2 years ago
  38. Loved it!! I really suck at getting any kind of eyeliner in any shape or form to look the same on both sides though. How do you get the wings to look so similar and not get paranoid and keep adding strokes to both sides until you look like you have two big black (non-symmetrical) blobs on your face?

    When I have to get ready in the morning quickly I usually grab some bbcream and mascara. That’ll do just enough to make me not cringe-worthy when I look in the mirror haha

    2 years ago
    • I do that a lot with the non-symmetrical blobs because one of my eyes is slightly smaller than the other. So I’m always trying to balance that out with thinner thicker lines. GAH!!

      2 years ago
      • Have you tried the transfer/removable tattoo eyeliner / embellishments?
        you can get them on ETSY and some chemists in AU or buy the paper ($30.00-ish AU for 3 sheets -pricey) and print your own. Its what all the Kpop stars use for those very black Tattoos.

        2 years ago
  39. I’m totally bad at putting makeup on, but I liked this tutorial a lot. :D

    2 years ago
  40. Imagine this, it’s 6 a.m. I’ve already been awake for a half hour, so imagining getting up at 11:40 is a distant, distant memory that I can no longer relate to because I wake up early even on the weekends…because I am OLD.

    2 years ago
    • Hahaha! I know that feeling. Once you get into a wake up routine it doesn’t matter if it’s the weekend or not, you just keep waking up early. I used to work at 5:30am so I got up at 4:30am and on my days off I was still getting up crazy early. But I am just not a morning person. Simon is, he can get up early but not me, :O

      2 years ago