Howling at the Moon Nail Art

One of my favorite movies is American Werewolf in London so it should be no surprise that as soon as I saw I Have a Cupcake‘s Werewolf Halloween nail art that I had to give it a go. She really makes it look so easy, have a look at her how-to video:


As she mentioned in her video she used the following nail polishes:

  • Orly Base Coat
  • Mahogany Magic by China Glaze
  • Yodel Me on My Cell by O.P.I.
  • Blonde Bombshell by China Glaze
  • Liquid Crystal by China Glaze
  • Americana black acrylic paint
  • Americana white acrylic paint

Because I do not have the same stash I used (my colors listed below match in order with the ones above but not in the photo):

  • Revlon Multicare Base and Top Coat
  • Faye by Julep (brown)
  • Ally by Julep (sparkly blue)
  • Lena by Julep (iridescent green)
  • Set in Stones by Essie (silver glitter)
  • LA Colors Art Deco black lacquer / Cleopatra by Julep (black)
  • LA Colors Art Deco white lacquer

The nail polishes I used for this nail art.

I think it turned out pretty good — and while I Have a Cupcake makes it look super easy, I would say it was mostly easy. I would definitely put it on the newbie “I can do this” list. Look at my moon, doesn’t it look awesome?

My attempt at werewolf nail art.

Most of this nail art was pretty easy. The background sky, the hills, the moon. And the wolf fur–easy. I ran into trouble when it came time to do the wolf face. My first attempt was pretty crappy. I tried to cover it up with another coat of brown but that only made it worse. I ended up wiping it off and starting again. On the second try, instead of using the Art Deco brush, I went with a dotting tool and the latex polish even though it was going to be covered with a top coat.

There are so many things I like about this project. First my color choices. Ally is one of my favorite blues and has an incredibly sheen to it all on its own. Lena has a brilliant iridescence and makes it look like there is twilight behind the trees (get it? Twilight?). Even the brown I used has some fine sparkle to it. But my favorite is the contrast of the Essie glitter which looks like stars, really big stars but stars none-the-less. I need a little more practice making trees but really, for a first try on such a small canvas… they are pretty cute.

My sky view nail art.

While doing this nail art I also discovered I want to do a blended manicure with this blue, green and black Julep colors at some point maybe even with the glitter top coat.

Besides my color choices, I did something a little different with my moon than the artist in the video. After I put down my circle of white I blotted it with a sponge to give it that moon crater look. I think it is a pretty cool effect.

My wolf howling at the moon.

Whoooowwwwllll!

A close up of my werewolf nail art.

I made a very quick video just so you can how bright the colors actually are:

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