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Since I get asked the same questions about this costume a lot, I figured I'd write up an FAQ for interested parties:

Q: Where did you get your wig?
A: My Finn made it for me. It was made out of two long wigs-- one 48 inch, one 60 inch. They were purchased on Ebay. I don't know the seller, sorry!

Q: How did you do the makeup?
A: It is Ben Nye Character Series cream makeup in Ghoul Grey (CB-8). It was applied using latex makeup sponges and sealed with Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder and hairspray. I do not recommend using hairspray unless you have someone helping you apply the makeup.

You can buy it here: www.frendsbeautysupplyonline.c… for only $3.40!

Q: How much makeup did you use?
A: Evicted! : Medium Coverage (face, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, hands)
Henchmen: Medium Coverage (face, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, hands)
It Came From the Nightosphere**: Minimum Coverage (face, neck, hands)
Heat Signature: Medium Coverage (face, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, hands)
Video Makers: Minimum Coverage (face, neck, hands, prosthetic ears)
What Was Missing: Minimum Coverage (face, neck, shoulders)
Go With Me: Maximum Coverage (face, neck, arms, scalp, prosthetic ears, hands)

And my guesses for her other outfits:
Memory of a Memory**: Minimum - Maximum Coverage (depending on which outfit you're doing)
Marceline's Closet**: Minimum Coverage (face, hands)

**Outfits where Marceline's legs are showing. I always wear light grey tights that match my makeup, because having to paint your legs is a giant pain and the makeup rubs off much quicker. Plus, if you're wearing it to a con, you don't want your makeup to rub off on chairs or other people. It's just easier to wear tights and looks great!

So, really, it depends on which outfit you're going to wear! I'd buy two containers to be on the safe side.

Q: Where did you get the axe bass?
A: Again, it was made for me by my Finn. It is made out of craft foam, foamcore, twine, and other easily acquired craft supplies.

Q: Will you sell me ________?
A: No. No part of my Marceline costume is for sale, nor will it ever be. I'm really glad you like it enough to offer me money, though! <3

Q: How long is the neck on the bass , from the nut to the end?
A: My axe bass is 46 inches long and 17 inches at its widest point.

Q: What kind of powder do you use?
A: I use a combination of Ben Nye Neutral Set translucent powder, hairspray (for your decolletage, arms, and hands; have a friend to help you with this), and matte grey eye shadow to do highlights and low lights.

Q: What kind of teeth do you use?
A:  I use custom fit vampire teeth, made by an SFX company called Scarecrow. I use Petite Sexy Bites, because they're tiny and don't interfere with talking, eating, or smiling. :> They employ thermoplastic, which molds to your posterior teeth to create a custom fit. They usually run $14-$20, depending on where you get them. I've seen them at Hot Topic, Halloween stores and on Ebay. HERE is a miniature tutorial I made about my fangs, if you'd like more info!

Q: Where did you get the tights for your Henchmen outfit?
junkeemunky bought them on Ebay and when they arrived, I put them on and she painted the stripes on. I really want to redo this costume at some point and remake the tights, because they were done at the last minute.

Q: Do you wear colored contacts for Marceline? What color should I get?
I wear prescription contact lenses, so I wear my normal ones. My eyes are a bluish-green color, which coincides with the color that's often shown when Marceline's eyes are big (if you don't believe me, check out the AT opening and Evicted!), so I don't wear color contacts. I've heard of people doing purple, red, and black for her as well. It's up to you, but those colors don't always translate well to real life, so be careful!

Q: Where did you get your shoes for [insert Marceline outfit]?
Most of my shoes/boots were either thrifted or altered for my cosplays. If you want your shoes/boots to be absolutely perfect, you're going to have to do some hunting! Nobody said this would be easy!

Q: What did you use for the pointy ears?
I use Don Post's elf ears! I painted them with the grey body paint and contoured them with black. Stuff them with a bit of toilet paper or cotton balls to give them some volume, then apply them using spirit gum!

Q: Where did you get the gloves for your "What Was Missing" cosplay?
I bought them on Ebay. If you search for bridal, prom, or opera gloves, you should be able to find them!

Additional Advice:

:bulletred: Nail Polish :bulletred:
I use #605 Grey Matter by Rimmel London, which I apply before applying my body paint! Having painted nails adds a lot to the overall look because it's consistent with Marceline's skin tone and won't wear off. Your hands will inevitably take the most wear and tear throughout the day, and it helps to have your nails done. Just trust me!

:bulletred: Lipstick :bulletred:
I don't wear lipstick for Marceline. I typically apply a light, subtle layer of Ghoul Grey to my lips and do a top coat of lip stain. It makes the transition from the grey of my skin to the pink of the inside of my mouth much less dramatic and more realistic. I usually recommend against wearing black lipstick, because there's nothing canonical to back it up, and you might be mistaken for a Homestuck cosplayer!  

:bulletred: Eye Makeup :bulletred:
For my eyes, I've done a couple different looks. The first time I wore this costume (Evicted!/Henchmen), we did a blue/black smokey eye (if you don't know how to do this, there are some very good tutorials on Youtube). I have also applied black Ben Nye around my eyes, which works well, too!

:bulletred: Vampire Bites :bulletred:
One of the most important aspects of Marceline's look are her bright red vampire bites! I happen to have two moles perfectly situated in the right spot on the left side of my neck, so what I usually do is dot on either red Ben Nye (if you're wondering why I have so much of this makeup, it's because junkeemunky formerly was a theatre makeup artist and she is my personal makeup artist!) or use red eyeliner or lip liner. Try not to make them too big! Just a dot should do.  

:bulletred: Wig Care :bulletred:
It can be difficult to care for a wig of this length, but it's definitely doable! What I use to manage this beast is Motions Oil Sheen & Conditioning Spray. Some people pin their wig to a wig head, but I found it was easier to lay the wig out on the floor (preferably on linoleum, tile, or some other surface that is easy to clean). I start at the bottom, and work my way up by brushing in small sections. It took me about an hour to go through it last time I brushed it out!   

I'll add to this as other questions come up. Feel free to leave a comment concerning my Marceline cosplay here, if you like. :)
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silphcow Featured By Owner Edited Oct 12, 2014
What did you use for contouring in addition to the Ghoul Grey?

edit: Oops I see you said you use a matte grey eyeshadow for that. Misread it the first couple skims.
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TerminaCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can I ask how much makeup is in the containers you use?  I'm looking at some Ben Nye products and the ones I'm finding are 1/2 oz.  Are the ones you use the same?  I'm just hoping to gauge how many I should get.  
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berksfallenangel12 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Would two sixty inch wigs work just as well?
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Peanutwolf Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. But i reccomend 40 inch wig or 50 inch wig because its easier to take care. And if you go for 60 inch wig its difficult take care.it tangles alot and washing that wig kinda takes you forever and all that stuff.
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MarcyGirl99 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
hi, im just wondering where you got the plaid flannel shirt from the video makers episode? thanks :)
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mishi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I found it at a thrift store!
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leatherparkstench Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Hi, I'm not sure if you've answered this already or not, but I was wondering where you got your wide brim hat from your What Was Missing cosplay? Cheers :)
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leatherparkstench Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Hi! I'm not so sure if you've answered this yet or not, but I was wondering where you got your wide hat from for your What Was Missing Marcie cosplay?
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mishi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello, 
I got my hat at a local hat shop for around $25. I've seen them in thrift stores as well. You might have luck searching for 'large sun hat' on Ebay. Good luck!
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Soup-Fairy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
How much makeup did you use of the grey cream? (im asking for the what was missing outfit) Did you need more than one container?
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mishi Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You'll only need one. I usually get two or more applications out of one container of makeup. :') You need a lot less than you think.
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Soup-Fairy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Cool, thanks! :)
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Choco3va Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
just wondering if you could tell me where you got the hat for your marceline cosplay (the hat with the unicorn breathing fire) im looking at some different styles of hats and wasnt sure which to get...
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mishi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there! It originally was a plain grey baseball cap that I modified. Good luck!
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Zelda014 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there! I'm having trouble with body paint (I'm cosplaying as Marceline, so I figured I'd come to the expert!).
The one site you linked all us cosplayers to apparently isn't very good (such as they won't ship to Canada, which is where I live). I was wondering if you know any other sites I could buy Ben Nye makeup? (My sisters are going as Bubblegum and Flame Princess, just so you're aware. I'd like to be able to buy it all on one site to save on shipping.)
If you don't, that's totally cool! I just figured since you have more experience with cosplay/body paint, you'd know a little more.
Thank you so much! :aww:
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mishi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello! Thank you very much! <3

Oh no, I'm sorry! It seemed like a good option for people who don't have local costume stores they can buy their makeup. I'll have to look around to find a better seller. 

Anyway, you have a couple options! Since Halloween is coming up, you may be able to find the Ghoul Grey in a costume shop. If not, you'll want to look online-- you can sometimes find it on Ebay. Again, since Halloween is coming up, a lot of Halloween stores are online now and many have Ben Nye in stock. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful with the online shopping option! (I usually buy mine at a local professional costume shop, but I'm pretty lucky to have that option...!)

Your group sounds really cute! If your sister who is planning on doing Princess Bubblegum needs help, here's a (very basic) tutorial I wrote on how to do PB/PG's makeup: shuraiya.tumblr.com/post/50517…

I wish I could give more advice, but I hope this helped you a little! I hope you'll share your costumes with me when you're finished. :')
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Zelda014 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you very much! 
Yeah, we'll check around on other sites and hopefully have some luck.

Heheh, thank you! (I'll try to post them on my Tumblr when they're finished.)

Thank you for everything! :heart:
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mishi Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Good luck!
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Kaitys Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student
for the ben nye was one jar enough? or did you have to have more??
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mishi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can do roughly 2-3 applications with one jar. 
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Kaitys Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student
okay! Thank you so much!
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:iconmishi:
mishi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Have fun!
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purplehairedluv Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
was your wig completely styles by your finn? or can i ask specifications on how it's styled?
Like if teasing is involved and such
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mishi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can ask :iconjunkeemunky: all about how the wig was styled!
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NiKazt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
where can I get the gray makeup skin at local store?
 
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:iconmishi:
mishi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can usually find the correct makeup (or at least something similar) at Halloween/costume stores during the holiday season. Otherwise, you may not have very much luck unless there is a costume shop that is open year round where you live.
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lizraw Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student
yeah I have a question... my friends have told me to do the marceline cosplay but i don't know cause i use glasses is if okay if use them for the cosplay? ............ cause i don't know if would look fine.
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mishi Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Since Marceline doesn't wear glasses, I would suggest removing your glasses for photos. Wear them until someone asks for your picture!
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lizraw Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student
Thank you :)
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SkylarTheVampire Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Umm just saying but wear eye contacts (bad English sorry)
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lizraw Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student
Nevermind about it i wont do cosplay
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KittKattNipp Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I have a 60 inch black wig that I'm using but it's very basic and has no style really at all and I was wondering if you could point me to any good reference pictures on how I should cut it so it looks more like yours/her hair even though you used two wigs and not just one.
By the way I must say your cosplay has been the best I've seen of her so far <3 love it
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mishi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey there! Even though you don't have two wigs, you can still more or less get the style you want. Have you ever cut/styled a wig? What you'll want to do is cut layers into the wig, which will give it that choppy, voluminous look Marceline has. You can see examples of this in most of my Marceline photos where I'm wearing the long wig. What's nice about Marceline is that if your wig turns out a little bit tangled and messy, that's a GOOD thing! :'D

You can find tutorials on how to style/cut wigs on Cosplay.com! There are like, a million wig tutorial threads that should help you out a lot.

Thank you so much, and I wish you luck! I'm sure your cosplay will turn out great.
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Hazuki-Mayonaka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what powder did you use to seal the makeup? I've decided to cosplay Marceline for a comic-con so I really need to seal it, don't want to turn my friends grey XD

BTW I love your Marceline Cosplays there what made me choose to cosplay her ^-^
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mishi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello there! I use Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder. I thought I had specified the type in the FAQ, but I guess I didn't! I updated it just now because of your question, so thanks!

Aw geez, that's really cool! Thank you! I can't wait to see your costume.
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Hazuki-Mayonaka Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ok, Thanks so much ^-^ I'm really glad you put up this FAQ it's really helpful :3
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mishi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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massivelyattacked Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a terrific cosplay! I'm hoping to do this costume for Halloween, so I figure starting now should hopefully give me enough time to source everything I need. I've never searched for wigs before...phew! They are not cheap. Would you say that both the wigs you used were considered "straight" or "silky straight"? Too many to choose from! Thanks for all of the work you put into this FAQ. You didn't have to do that, so it is sincerely appreciated!
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KittKattNipp Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
check out Cosplayanimewigs.com they have really fabulous quality wigs that are reasonably priced. (60" heat resistant black wig was 36.99)
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massivelyattacked Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Have you purchased from them before? I've been burned by random online stores before.
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KittKattNipp Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Yea that's where I got my Marceline wig <3 I ordered it express and it came in even earlier then expected. The quality is fabulous and it so realistic looking. I'm definitely going to buy from them again.
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mishi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, thank you so much!

I can't remember, sorry! I would recommend going with 'straight', though, since you will want to style and tap the wig out quite a bit. Good luck!
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kitty11123 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
about the wig, do you know if its two wigs layered on top of each other, or did you freind cut them in half and sew them together? and how much does it weigh?
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mishi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's basically one intact wig, one wig that has been dismantled in half, and srveral packets of wefts. One half was added at the nape of the neck of the intact wig, and the other half was cut into wefts, which were hot glued into the wig to add volume. The additional loose wefts were added in the same way. Sewing wefts is more labor intensive and slow; hot glue does add weight but also provides additional volume.

I'd say my wig weighs at least 3-5 pounds.
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kitty11123 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah i see thank you very much!
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ShadowPhantom299 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
What powder do you need to seal the Ben Nye with?
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Kimera-Kuiroaki Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! Awesome FAQ AND cosplay <3 It looks amazing!

Quick question about the ears, just to be sure. When you say you used the grey body paint you're talking about the Ben Nye you used, right? And what did you exactly used to contour them o.o? I wanna do a Marceline and hopefully a Homestuck cosplay so this would help a lot C:
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mishi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

Yes, I used the Ben Nye body paint to paint them. It's easier if you do it ahead of time before they're on your ears. Then, my cosplay partner helped me apply them and contoured them with Black Ben Nye. By doing so, she was able to contour them to match the lines of my ear and make the ears seem more realistic.

I hope this helped you out! Good luck! :'D
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nekotel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
who is your finn? i would like to know how he made the wig.
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