This is one of those manicures that looked a lot cuter in my head. On my nails, there was just way too much going on. It probably would have worked out better if I hadn't done the gradient, and had stuck with my original plan of white with black polka dots or stripes. The penguin nail was inspired by these nails, but I decided I didn't just want to go entirely inspired by that manicure and try something beside the dots.
The whale nails on both thumbs ended up looking a little funny, and the one on my other thumb looked so bad I didn't even want to take a picture of it, but I liked the idea of having the two different black and white animals.
This was among my first attempts at a gradient. I think I'm getting better at it, but it could still use work. I still tried to make it better by covering it with a fine silver glitter.
My slightly derpy penguin. This one took me 3 tries before I finally decided to leave it at this.
The orca turned out a lot better than I was expecting. The dorsal fin ended up a bit large, but aside from that, I liked the shape and the spray on the water a lot better.
My right hand, with the horribly disproportionate blotchy orca. I think my favorite gradient nail was the pinkie.
Slightly less derpy penguin, although his beak seemed to have turned into an amorphous blob.
Black - Sinful Colors Black on Black
White - Rimmel French Tip White (penguins), Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White
Blue - NYX Advanced Salon Formula in Trout
Orange - Wet n Wild Sunny Side Up