Ok, so this is a Special WANK. A SPANK, if you will. Wait: no. SPANK is “Spudgy Adventure Now Korea.” We can’t use that same term here. Well, this is a WANK with an Interview, so let’s call this a WANK-erview. Yeah. That sounds about right.

Anyhow, even though this isn’t our traditional kind of “let’s go out and see cool things in Korea and play around kinda thing,” it still does kinda fall into that category. We got to go to The Jung Saem Mool makeup, hair, and spa studio in Chungdam-Dong, which is located in a ridiculously affluent part of Gangnam, and sit down to interview three makeup artists. How can we express how affluent this area is? Like, that’s the street that SM Town is on, as well as a Rolls Royce building, a Gucci building, Louis Vitton building, and a whole bunch of other giant buildings full of ridiculously overpriced stuff that we wouldn’t pay for even if we had a bagillion dollars. Unless there was a Hello Kitty building… *enter shopping spree music*

Anyhow, the point of talking about the area the studio is located in, is to express just how incredibly successful and important these ladies are, and so we were really happy to be invited over to the Jung Saem Mool studio. We had a chance to meet three amazing makeup artists: Saemmool Jung, Juhee Sohn, and Sunghee Hong. The Jung Saem Mool studio is A HUGE DEAL. This is where actors, actress, and Kpop idols go to get their makeup done. This is real deal, super awesome makeup-ing! They’ve done the makeup of Miss A, Tae Kim, Wonder Girls, BoA, Lee Hyori, KARA, Kim Yuna, and many more. In fact, while we were there filming, BoA was casually arriving to get her makeup done (sorry, we have no footage of it). So we were totally honoured to be able to sit with them for an hour and to ask them questions about makeup and the makeup industry.

Before we arrived, I was actually feeling worried about going: will they be friendly? Will they have a snobby attitudes? But I was worried for NOTHING, because they were SO SWEET and HUMBLE, and just awesome. I got such good vibes from talking with them, and even though they were super duper busy that day, they still calmly spent time with us and even played around with the introduction posing concept with lots of laughter. It makes me really happy when you meet people who are incredibly talented and famous but still down to earth and lovely.

After we finished the video, they gave me a gift bag filled with amazing makeup products from their personal makeup brand, MULE (Make Your Own Rule)! WAHHHHHH!!!!! Makeup bonanza! I’m sure I’ll post a tutorial up on our Openthehappy channel of me attempting to use the makeup correctly.

Martina's Makeup Grab

So, I’ve been watching her tutorials to get an understanding of what all the products do, because as you all know I’m new to the makeup world too, but so far I’m loving the blusher cream and the artist curve puff. I asked them where you can find these products, and it seems ebay and gmarket are the best choices for people living overseas, but if you live in Korea, you can visit the Jungsaemool shop (there is one in Myeongdong on the 10F of Lotte Department Store).

Here is Saemmool Jung’s youtube channel. She posts makeup tutorials, with Korean and English subtitles. Woot! Here is an example video of her doing the makeup she did for Hyori:


I hope you found this as cool as we do, it isn’t often we get the chance to show you a Korean person’s perspective on life (since we’re not Korean, in case you weren’t sure…hahaha) and this perspective is especially exciting since their jobs are so unique and amazing!

Make sure to check out their Facebook page for more pictures of artists they’ve worked with, and head on over to their official website as well!

  1. Is getting a hair cut at this place super duper expensive??? This place looks sooo awesome….>v<

  2. Can you guys provide the direction to the studio ? I really want to go there :]

  3. Call it a SWANK: Special Wonderful Adventure Now Korea!

  4. This was such a thrill to watch! As someone who plans on applying to a cosmetology program next month, this was so much fun to see and made me want to purpose cosmetology even more! :)

  5. That make-up is very expensive!!gosh..i love Jung Saem Mol..she is very talented!
    You’re freaking lucky Martinaa~

  6. Living in Seoul now will present TONS of opportunities for better content and better people.

    A lot different from Buchun.

  7. WOW I CANT BELIEBE YOU JUST GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HER!! :D she is really famous, i knew about her even before i got into kpop.
    Martina: that makeuo is expensive xD and amazing, enjoy it as hell!

  8. Martina looks extra pretty in this vid. And ooooh make ups! Dear Martina, try watching Michelle Phan’s make up tutorial vids if you haven’t, they’re so keewwwwl. And then make a kewler one. Hihihi. I almost forget you’re already in Seoul.

  9. This is sooo cool. Being a make-up artist for Kpop idols is like my dream job :D

  10. i want the mule compass eyeliner…but i cant find it TT^TT

  11. cool steam punk glasses! man i want them

  12. This was such a fun wank..for the girls…maybe the boys too…makeup should be gender neutral. I learned so much and it was great to see the passion/inspirations for people who work behind the scenes in Kpop…and taught us a few tricks so we can look glamorous!!! Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks!!!

  13. I wish i can get the compass eyeliner !!!

  14. this is so far, one of my most fav WANK ever ;DDDD
    ok i lied..i say it to every of your WANK videos <3 ^^~~~~

  15. Wow your Korean is pretty fluent if you could understand what the women were saying and then translated for us. Or was there a translator present? If do the women understand English, but just can’t speak it fluently?

  16. oh my gosh i absolutely love watching jung saem mool’s tutorials! you guys are so lucky to have been able to visit the studio! and you even received a gift bag wow really lucky T_T the mule line is quite expensive~

  17. awesome! I really enjoyed this WANK. :)

  18. That eyeliner is awesome, I always endup making one side look completely different then the other.

  19. What the eyeliner compass name in korean? Help us out Martina. Btw, you´re getting skinner..

  20. couldn’t find the eyeliner compass on ebay. Help us out Martina. By the way, you are getting skinner

  21. Loved the interview and wow what a fun place to hang out with those women and ALL that make-up! I’m sure they were busy, but what fun you could have if they were not. Anyhoodle, regarding your last question in the interview about doing make-up on males v. females. I just read an article in The Washington Post “Foundations for Success” and it discussed the “disturbing trend” of Korean males wearing make-up. They are wearing it for an edge in their career and for romance. Have you seen men, in general/as you WANK, wearing make-up? Perhaps they are applying it really well and you cannot tell? Would you find this trend “disturbing”? Just curious.

  22. Amazing intreview, i really loved it…useful tips as well and nice to see them so friendly and down to earth. Martina you looked very pretty as always, more toned down yet chic and lovely.

  23. That was amazing. I did not expect this kind of WANK at all, but it just shows the diversity of Eat Your Kimchi.
    Great job! Can’t wait for what you’ll do next!

  24. aww… I wish they gave Martina a little make-up treatment, that’d be great ^-^

  25. Omg I like her tutorials specially when you want to do a makeup that looks natural. I really and getting good ideas from her videos and S+M you guys are like celebrities already. If more than 1000 people know your name and what you do everyday that means you are famous sirs.

  26. Thank you for the special WANK ^-^ it was interesting ^-^

    I like make-up but, I presonaly don’t use make-up since my skin reacts to it in a bad way -.-
    Well, I do use lip-gloss if that counts *lol*

  27. That was totally awesome! I loved the artists and everything they said was super interesting.

  28. Thank you for this ^^. It’s interesting to hear about the experience of make-up artists and how much hard work goes into the make-up of kpop stars.

  29. I loved this interview. Nice to see and hear about their experience as makeupartists. Even for me who don’t wear makeup on everyday basis found it really interessting and it got me a lot of ideas^^ Please do more interviews of different jobs if possible in the future. its fun to see

  30. ohhh~ Cheongdam-dong area is where Taemin bought his parents a house!!!
    wow she did the makeup for BoA’s Energetic?? i loved that look!!! she looked way beautiful!!!!

  31. This might sound odd but I’m glad that the people you interviewed spoke in Korean. It seems from some of the interviews you’ve done in the past that the interviewees shy away if they can’t speak english well and we have less opportunity to hear from them.
    OAN: The eye shadow color pallette for the fall, *drool* I wants one too!!

  32. I’m a guy and never really knew why some ladies spend so much time with their make-up/looks. Because of this video i understand it’s some kind of rocket science which takes time to perfect it. Respect.

  33. REALLY COOL video and post. Its really awesome to see you guys expanding what exactly you guys do and cover. Keeps things fresh and its entertaining as always. I love seeing you guys interacting with others rather than you guys just observing in your ‘foreigner bubble’

  34. I would love to see you guys do more interviews with the people who work behind the scenes of K-pop! It’s cool to get an insider look at the people us fans don’t normally get exposed to. I hope to see more of this sort of thing in the future! So much work goes into creating the idol image beyond the idols themselves.

  35. I must say I really loved this interview.It would be great if you guys could access other areas of kpop,i.e. not only the stars but the ones who support them.It was a very inspiring interview. Thank you so muchand keep the great work you’ve been doing!

  36. I love your wank-videos! and thank you so much for this episode, omg I
    really want that transparent mascara-fix thingie! Martina, (or anyone else that lives in korea that might read this), do you prefer korean make up brands? I mean, if you feel that they have better quality and maybe there are products there that can´t be found outside of korea? Just got curious since I´ve ordered two different BB-creams from korea and I love them both, and here in Sweden bb-creams are very rare. Maybe it would be worth to try other products from korea aswell?

  37. Really cool that they’ve done make ups for some kpop artist!!
    but i’m wondering how did you guys understand what were they saying and put subtitles~
    so i’m sure your korean is really good rn! n_n

  38. Simon and Martina: I thoroughly enjoyed this WANK! Although makeup is not a topic I naturally gravitate to, the manner in which you carried out this interview won me over. I got a definite sense of sincerity in your conversation with the ladies of Jung Saem Mool. In my opinion, interviews targeted towards a foreign audience (regarding kpop, korean culture, etc.) lack a connection between interviewer and subject — especially when the interview is conducted in two different languages. I feel like I witnessed an actual conversation and not a forgettable interview with stale, formulaic questions and expected answers. Keep up the great work!! :)

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