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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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:iconleatherparkstench:
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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:iconleatherparkstench:
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 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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:iconsoup-fairy:
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 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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:iconsoup-fairy:
Cool, thanks! :)
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Choco3va 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 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 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 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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