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)


  1. 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!

  2. The way you pronounce “Bourjois” is really good – and, it’s indeed a very good brand <3

  3. 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. 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

  5. Your pronunciation of Bourjois is perfect Martina! ^^

  6. 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!

  7. 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?

    • I LOVE RIBBONS!!!!!! I bought some small meat pies from a new pie shop in Korea, and she wrapped my box with a neon green ribbon with yellow polka dots and I was like “OMG MUST USE THAT IN HAIR RIGHT NOW” and I did…. *high five for ribbons*

      • loool as i read your comment martina..i had that imaginiation of you speaking in that excited high pitch voice!
        I know what you mean..i just turned eighteen awhile ago..and all my life i was like a tomboy..and i started to take care of my skin and makeup xD

  8. Cute! Love the idea for this channel. Nice makeup, too, by the way!

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