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. 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!!!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!!!!

  5. Okay, I probably said OMG and ohmygod like 500 times while watching this. My little fangirl heart is still in a freak out mode.

    I can’t believe how sweet they are! I’ve been watching Jung Saem Mool’s videos for a long time now and I thought she would be incredibly artist-ish. You know, silent and serious. But she’s so sweet and she seems really down to earth. I so envy you, Martina! You’re living my dream life! You’re really lucky. Er, Simon, you’re also really lucky, you know. Lol.
    Thank you so much for this video. This made my day. I’m off to watch it again! :)

  6. OH MY FREAKIN GOSH!!! I NEED THAT COMPASS EYELINER THING!!!!it will save me hours! :D:D:D

  7. I’ve been following in Jung’s Youtube channel for years! that’s really nice you guys meet. Why didn’t Martina get a makeover though? =)

  8. Weird that I’m replying to myself but after watching the video I’m amazed at how much of an artist they all are. They have to create something from inspiration… it seems a lot harder than i thought it would be.

  9. What Lovely Ladies. They are so poised and professional, yet they seem warm as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Kudos to the Ladies & You. <3

  10. that eyeliner compass thing is AWESOME!!! i want~~ since the only makeup i usually wear is eyeliner this would be great to have :D

  11. Oh you’re like Jeremy Renner (my celebrity crush) – he was a make up artist too :D

    2) I would like to recommend Simon not shaving for a few days, and then rubbing his face with grime. I think it would achieve a good, rough, manly look :p

    Wankerview = Exhibitionist? >.>

  12. Does anyone know a good way to keep eyeshadow from smearing. By mid-day my eyeshadow has smeared up into my eye crease and I have to smooth it out or reapply it. Same with under edge of the eye, my make-up just loves to smear and my eyes look sunk in. The tutorial makes me want to conquer my make-up application issues.

    • Thank you for your helpful suggestions :) I will look into eye primer, I’ve never heard of it before. There are so many make-up products out there I don’t even know where to begin half the time. I still have a hard time finding foundations and powders that go good with my skin tone, topped by my sensitive skin.

      • THANK YOU SO MUCH MARTINA ^_^ But I still clearly believe this is Simon lol jk.

        I will start searching the net and my city to find some and try it out. I will throw a personal dance party if my makeup will just stay in place nicely for one day, especially in my city’s 100+ spring/summer days. Thank you again :D

  13. there’s a similar eyeliner nyx, you can order it from ulta!

    it doesn’t adjust like the one they showed, but it’s still pretty cool

  14. I’ve got a hunch that Simon wrote this blog post….it was you, wasn’t it? HEHEHEHE :D
    I mean, “so far I’m loving the blusher cream and the artist curve puff” -> That’s such a Simon quote, no? xD

    This interview was so cool!! I was expecting alternating close up shots of Martina’s face and the person talking, but it wasn’t boring at all :D I loved all the artsy-fartsy shots of the shop and the makeup equipment. Overall it looked very professional. I’m sure if they watch this video, they’d be more than satisfied ^^b
    And those cartoon stills of Martina introducing the 3 ladies was really funny XD
    lol at Martina checking Saem Mool Jung’s make up :p

  15. OMG those brown eyeshadows that one of the women showed, I HAVE THOSE!! You can get them at WalMart here! YAYYYY I HAVE MAKEUP KPOP IDOLS USE!

  16. Just wow!! I’m not that much of a “put lots of make-up on” person since I feel and maybe look a bit weird when I put more stuff than my usual eyeliner, mascara and not-so-colorful lip gloss, but seeing how skilled they are was quite inspiring, it really shows all the dedication they put into their work, making every one of their clients look good and satisfied :) It is indeed an art!
    You guise are really lucky, you are becoming more and more popular/recognized even outside of the internets!! I’m so glad all your hardwork is paying off now more than ever before :D

  17. omg same thing happens to me! i can do one eye perfectly and then the other looks like i took a black sharpie marker to it….in the dark….while drunk lol XD

  18. that compass eyeliner….. DAEBAK!!!!! uugh i can never get two perfect cat’s eyes in a row……. i really enjoyed this wank. definitely different from your others, but super informative (for those who care about make up)…… you should have gotten seungria a make over :3

  19. I officially need to invest in way more make-up. I own about 1/16 of the stuff used in that tutorial. All those ladies were so wonderful and funny. The are incredibly talented in their craft.

  20. I loved those introduction poses! I wish I knew more about makeup, so hearing about their favourite products was especially interesting — where can I get one of those cool eyeliner compass thingies!?
    Also, fun Goth Hello Kitty tutorial! Maybe teal and black would make a good combo? (I suggest this mostly because teal is one of the few eyeshadow colours I actually own… :P)

  21. OMG! I have never use make-up in my life and after seeing this video I realize that most of the make-up artist do not wear make-up! So I am not the only one! (Only one!)

  22. I’m still waiting for the whole video to load, but I have to state my feels. Simon, I’m not hating on you, but I just so don’t like v-neck shirts on men with hair chests. I had to stare at a co-worker who sat next to me for a year who had a mega hairy chest compared to yours who wore even lower v-cut shirt and super tight suffocate your testicles off pants every day. I think I’m scared. He also looked like Simon Pegg, so Simon Pegg has been corrupted for me as well. So I will just look over at Martina.

    • Regardless of my personal thoughts, I was wondering how the Korean ladies would take it. Since I’m guessing Korean guys don’t have much chest hair, and if they do, it’s not really….shown….
      That said, my dad is the hairiest thing on the planet, so I’m totally used to it :p

      • I’m curious about that as well, how Korean ladies react to Dothraki hairy man chest. I believe I should add an amendment to my statement. I actually really chest hair on men. I had an ex who was hairy like Sasquatch and its sounds funny but it was nice petting him. XD It is just the combo v-neck shirt with hairy chest that I seem by scared by.

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