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What Makeup Does Martina Use & Wolverine Eye Shadow

January 26, 2012

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Okay! It’s my first eyeshadow tutorial and honestly, I’m so scared of the responses that I’ll get because I am in NO WAY trained to do make up. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to know that I only started wearing make up about two years ago in Korea. In fact, I was a real tomboy growing up. I was hanging out with all male friends, playing video games and sports, and breaking a million bones (actually more like, 5 to 6 bones: my poor stressed out parents!). The point is, I didn’t have time for make up, nor did I care for it. My longtime friends and family are just floored that I have so much make up now, ironically, only AFTER I met my dream husband, back when I was completely make up free. Isn’t it supposed to be the opposite? You take off your make up once you’re married and your husband is like, WHOA! WHERE ARE YOUR EYELASHES!!! Hahahahhahaha…I digress…

I used to be one of those people who judged people for wearing a lot of make up, like, “Why is she doing that? She’d be so much prettier without make up!” But then, after my first year in Korea, I became really inspired to get in touch with my feminine side. I realized that make up isn’t just about covering up your face or hiding something, it’s also an expression of yourself, it’s like fashion for your face!

So how did I get to this drastic change of heart? Well, the women and men in Korea dress impeccably, for starters. In Toronto, people are very stylish too, but not in a Korean way, you know what I’m saying? Korea (and I think a lot of Asia in general) is very okay with girls embracing their girly side. I’ve never seen so many pretty, frilly, dresses, or billowy fitted coats with giant buttons before. I was really amazed and felt like I could never dress like that, but then one day I was like…wait, I’m a girl! I can wear a frilly dress too! I can do it! After a big pep talk, I finally started to unleash the inner Hello Kitty within me, and it was like an explosion of cute. Soft dresses, hair accessories, and pink! I realized there was a whole new world of fashion expression out there that I was avoiding due to my rock/metal/gothy/tom boy side.

So, after that I started playing with make up, having fun with BRIGHT colours and sparkles! Things that expressed my happiness for life through my vibrant eyeshadows or giant watermelon earrings. I received a lot of encouragement from my viewers, who noticed small details, like my earrings, or matching colours, or eye shadow. All the comments made me feel like, “wow, Martina, you can be a girl too!” So exciting for me…but I still can’t and won’t do heels. Sorry, I’m like a drunk newborn baby deer.

WHOA that was a long story! Can anyone relate? I hope you can forgive my lack of technical knowledge and enjoy my little eyeshadow tutorials on the random and crazy colours schemes I come up with! If you have any suggestions or ideas for colours ideas, please please let me know!

Back to the video (yeah, that was the whole point of this after all!) the first video is my makeup box and the stuff that I use. I don’t know all of their proper names. Sorry! The second video is my Girl-Verine Eyeshadow tutorial. Not sure if it’s really a tutorial, but, oh well. Open the Happy! (I need a new kick phrase)

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  1. So I’ve just started watching your videos relatively recently (this is my first time commenting) BUT I felt like I could relate because I have always been a bit of a tomboy while also simultaneously loving girly things like dresses and make up.  Who says you have to be girly or a tom boy…I want to be both! Does that make me multi…sexual? Oh well I do what I want and I love that you do too!

    4 years ago
  2. Boy was that the best makeup tutorial ever or what?! Keep those coming Martina! :D

    4 years ago
  3. I’m in Korea and have actually been looking for a new black eyeliner option–does anyone know where I could get the Clio eyeliner mentioned in the video?

    4 years ago
  4. I’m a girl, and I still don’t like make-up. On myself, that is. I think it’s very troublesome.

    4 years ago
  5. To be honest i don’t know the first thing about make up or about how other people put on make up… normally (i’ve watched some cosplay ones ^.^’) So these should be really helpful for me :D

    4 years ago
  6. @N#

    I completely feel the same way as you Martina!

    I wasn’t ever really girly when I was younger but I wasn’t a tomboy either.I didn’t understand why my friends wore makeup and when I see women with makeup caked on their faces I didn’t really think the best about them…but now I completely understand the power makeup has on your self-confidence and regard it as just another way of expressing yourself.
    I feel like my personality doesn’t fit with the makeup/style I enjoy so I still don’t really wear makeup often, but I love applying makeup on others and just doing research about it.
    I feel like in certain places you just can’t outwardly express yourself in such ways without those stereotypical characteristics.

    4 years ago
  7. I did not wear makeup until I was 21. Even now, I only wear it for special occasions, or when I want to get my mind off of things ( e.g. nervous before  test,etc) .

    4 years ago
  8. i can totally and completely relate to u martina :) iv just barely started wearing make up like last year (im 21 now) and it feels awesome! not cuz i wanna hide my imperfections but like u said, its like fashion of ur face! :D and i LOVEEEEEEEEEDDD ur tutorial cuz its so simple and straight forward and it makes me feel like i can ACTUALLY do it. not hating on other “professional” make up gurus out there but they make it seem so expensive/technical/complicated that i stopped watching those tutorials cuz in the end it won’t help much.

    as for the ideas, i was thinking maybe in the future u could like experiment with kpop idol looks and see if u like something u can post that for us to see :D

    and for my personal request; i was wondering if u could do a purple+black mix tutorial since those r my favorite colors! :D

    keep up the good work.

    much love from Houston! :)

    4 years ago
  9. DR

    You’re so cool martina! You’re very pretty and I think you’re really good at putting on makeup. I spent a half an hour trying to imitate your makeup once a couple of weeks ago (Ok maybe not only once….eheheh…) but I’m beyond exited to see more of your frilly videos, and the random amazingness that you two posess. 
    ” I met my dream husband”…aaaaaaww  <3

    4 years ago
  10. I can relate to some degree. I was a total tomboy before I went to Korea. All my friends were boys apart from one. Having been there for a year I’m just 85% tomboy now.

    Starting to do heels and dresses, for formal occasions. Haven’t got my head around make up yet though. Actually I freak out in make up shops because I have no clue (and then in Korea it’s all written in Korean or has a mental English name), so your tutorials are very inspiring and helpful!!! More please! :)

    4 years ago
  11. pfft! forget the professionals! i’d rather learn how to put on makeup from martina~ XD

    4 years ago
  12. Actually my experience is similar to yours. My problem was that while growing up I used to be bullied/teased for liking “childish” things so I associated anything girly or cute as childish.  I didn’t want people to call me childish anymore, I wanted to be seen as more grown up. So I decided to leave behind cute and girly things so that people would take me seriously. It wasn’t until last year or so that I really got into the Korean culture and one of the things I liked the most was how women embrace their femininity/cuteness and it’s completely ok. No one really doubts them or thinks they’re stupid. In fact most that I’ve met are really bright. I was floored to find that it’s even ok for guys to do cute things, wear cute things, and have plushies in their bed and no one questions their sexuality! So it was then that I decided to unleash all the cuteness and girlyness that I’d been repressing and I’ve actually become way happier now that my clothing and possessions reflect my mood! Maybe it’s sad to read, but I feel like I’m more ok with myself now that I don’t feel the need to suppress this side of me. 

    4 years ago
    • And it feels so good to discover that all those different aspects of our personality don’t exclude each other – it’s just who we are, right?

      But still… When I’m listening to metal music surrounded by my Hello Kitty stuff I can’t help imagining the musicians facepalming :)

      4 years ago
  13. your story about being tomboy turned girly reminds me so much of my sister….growing up she was all dark baggy clothes and chains and all her friends were mainly guys (which i thought was the coolest thing ever and of course wanted to be just like her) then suddenly right before she graduated she ditched her band shirts and started getting all girly…..i mean she isnt that girly but i remember her being so excited when she was putting on eye shadow for the first time and i was like katherine you’re 18 this literally is not a big deal at all … and yeah i guess that the end of my story lol bye

    4 years ago
  14. Why did you film the tutorial in lower quality? :( I did click the 1080p

    4 years ago
  15. I never had time or the inclination to wear makeup either until I got interested in Korea too haha. 

    I tend to but a lot of E.L.F makeup just because I think the name is awesome. (SUJU!!! *a-hem*) I also use costal scents. It was recommended by this really awesome makeup guru on youtube named manwomanfilms. She’s awesome. Also, you should check out beatylish.com. They have a lot of great hair, makeup, and nail tutorials/photos to get you inspired.P.S. please make MAttE a website too. I would totally join! oh wait, I LIKE SHINee…

    4 years ago
  16. OMG! u.u Love the channel and the new video o/ keep going guise! You’re doing it right! xD! 

    4 years ago
  17. lol, I’m already sure I’ll love ur new channel xD

    4 years ago
  18. Oh,my,god! I loved this! :D You have inspired me so much with this <3 I too grew up through high school make-up-less and all tomboy-ish, this made me realize how awesome one can do their make up but looking their best while being yourself ^_^ Hope you do more of these Oh and hair tutorials! Hope you one in the future. :D!

    4 years ago
  19. i LOVE your jokes, i think i watch it just for the dorkiness since my eyes are not the same shape as yours and so I can’t put makeup on the same way

    4 years ago
  20. These videos were awesome. I’ve really grown to love make-up throughout my teenage years, I love experimenting with different styles and colours. I only wish I had more time in the mornings to go crazy with eyeshadow.

    4 years ago
  21. More power to your make-up! I hope peoples comments don’t get all technical just to show off. You look great!

    4 years ago
    • Also a question.. I see a lot of your make-up isn’t Korean, can you get those items there? Like Benefit and Kat Von D?! I wonder because although I love a lot of Korean products there are NZ and American brands that have stuff I just can’t live without so I don’t know how much to take with me this August!

      4 years ago
  22. I feel so related to this. I never used make up before and only wore black, no dresses, no skirts, no cute stuff. Then after I got married I started caring about those stuff. My daghter is 3 years old and a big fan of k-pop, so I started to get into the “Asian world” and now I don’t recognize my self :) It’s good to know I’m not the only one.

    4 years ago
  23. I have to say that at the end of the video your eye-makeup matched very well with your shirt… Good job!

    4 years ago
  24. Its not for make up, but….. you have so many hairbands, how do you keep them??? Because i have just tree, and they fly all over the bathroom :(

    4 years ago
    • RIGHT?! I was wondering that too XD I just started a hairband collection when watching simonandmartina…now I have no where to stash them all lol.

      4 years ago
  25. Awww, I can totally relate. I’m in the UK, so the “cool” look is even more in and so much now I just feel awkward wearing dresses and skirts T_T It’s so annoying because I like them, but then I think it’s so… opposite to how I seem to portray myself to people. Also, it’s kinda impractical when it’s windy and cold, now I feel like I have no place to wear them TT_TT
    So I paint my nails to make up for it xD

    But haha, I like your run-through of your make up stuffs, it had the classic S&M erm… Simon and Martina sense of humour.
    I’ve never heard anyone say smushy so much, please smush a lot of colours together so we it mores :3 

    4 years ago
  26. I can totally relate. Before I turned 18, I wouldn’t DARE to wear a skirt– much less a dress. JEWELERY and MAKE UP? HAH! Heels weren’t a part of my wardrobe either. I always thought they were pointless. THey just make noise, and hurt your ankles. Now a days, though, I am getting more and more into the girly things. I love dresses, and make up. I still have NO clue how to use eyeshadow or blush properly, so I stick to the base, eyeliner, mascara and the occasional lipgloss. I am getting more into heels too. It’s taking me some time to get used to them, because I am a big time klutz. They look pretty now. <3  Anyways, thanks for the vid! They are very fun to watch! :D :D :D

    4 years ago
  27. Yeah! Makeup doesn’t need to become a mask, there’s tons of ways to put it! I personally hate to wear the same makeup over and over again (I’m NOT a fan of the typical smokey eye), and it’s fun to go crazy with colors! :D I have the Manly 120 colors palette, so imagine how many poneys they had to kill to make it… mwahahaha!!

    4 years ago
  28. ‘inner Hello Kitty’ lol- nicely said :) I can completely relate to this- discovering inner hello kitty & drunk newborn baby deer on heels, too. Thanks for sharing the story :)) Both videos are awesome <3

    4 years ago
  29. Martina You’re the best! It is the most fun and creative make up video I’ve ever seen.

    4 years ago
  30. We first pronounced it “burr joys” and laughed at how bad that was :D

    4 years ago
  31. LOVE the video and new channel, Martina! I feel much the same about makeup and self-expression. For me, it can be an instant pick-me-up at times, too. How can you NOT be insanely happy with sparkley eyeshadow and fun colors, you know? So much so that my personal aesthetic philosophy has basically gone from “If a little sparkle is good, A LOT MUST BE AAAAAWESOME!” to “GO DRAG OR GO HOME!” I…don’t have much self control. Anyway, just wanted to chime in and say you look beautiful and this is the most fun makeup tutorial I’ve ever seen! Please keep ’em comin’!

    4 years ago
  32. Haha! I love this. I used to be a HUGE tomboy when it came to makeup as well until about two years ago when I discovered 
    http://www.youtube.com/user/bubzbeauty?feature=chclk. Now I’m the “makeup artist” for all my friends and family. 

    4 years ago
  33. I was exactly the same way, an then there was the storm called “how to be girly” and now I own so many dresses, shoes, make-up and so on because it is just another way to express myself, it feels nice to wear a nice dress, just the same way as sometimes it feels perfectly fine to wear jeans and a shirt…

    4 years ago
    • Haha I need to get into that myself <3 TuT Im still afraid to come out of that shell to start wearing more girly things xD

      4 years ago
  34. aww this is cute! I like this channel already haha. nice and casual. I need to get me some colored eyeliner pencils though. wow, those things are awesome!

    4 years ago
  35. Yes, it’s the right pronunciation. U r so lucky with the bb cream, I can’t find any inmy country ‘s stores. Loved the colours for the shadows, so many of them. Makes me smile happy! What can I say, I’m a girl…
    Love ur makeup! Unfortunately I can’t put eyeliner, I donno how to…when I do it I look like a ratoon with big eyes and long eyelashes( thank God and mom and dad for those long eyelashes).

    4 years ago
    • I am totally the same with eyeliner.  I can never get it on the bottom, so I just put it on my eyelid, sometimes…  I always feel like a raccoon.   Thank goodness I have long eyelashes too.

      4 years ago
  36. This is the most fun make-up tutorial I’ve ever watched. <3 You inspire me Martina to be more experimental with make-up. Like you, I'm not really the girly type but hey, I can learn too. :D Till the next Open the Happy video. :D

    4 years ago
  37. Your pronunciation of Bourjois is perfect Martina! ^^

    4 years ago
  38. Thanks Martina!  I’ve been waiting for this for like a year!  I have a eye shadow set just like you do with all the pretty colors!

    4 years ago
  39. HAHAHA. I RELATE. I used to be like super tomboyish, but recently, i have been putting on dresses and skirts and carry purses and am actually more worried about my looks, my hair and yeah, make up (still very basic, no eyeshadow.) HAHAHAHA. It’s quite funnnnn. CAN I JUST SEND YOU HELL LOT OF RIBBONS?

    4 years ago
  40. Cute! Love the idea for this channel. Nice makeup, too, by the way!

    4 years ago