Etro Inspired Nail Art: DIY

08/17/2011 10:43 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Photos (from left to right): CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images | Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme Nail Lacquer; Dior Vernis Tuxedo Nail Color Blue Tie Collection | Forever 21 love and beauty Sky Blue Nail Polish | Sally Hansen Quick Chrome Gold Pen | M.I.A.'s manicure

Want to bring the garden party to your fingertips?

Inspired by an elaborate, one-shoulder dress from Etro's Spring 2011 collection, manicurist Sophie of The Illustrated Nail unleashed blue, teal and orange flowers on hip-hop star M.I.A.'s digits. The bright bouquet pop against the "Paper Planes" singer's brown skin – making it the ultimate conversation starter as she made her rounds during Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012.

We know what you're thinking. How in the world are you going to mimic those petal strokes and wisp of stems?

Thanks to advancements in nail polish technology, there are tons of super-slick lacquers and pens to experiment with, screw up and start all over again!

To master this manicure, we'd recommend laying down a white canvas in NARS Écume to make sure the neon shades stand out. Once dry, take a small brush, dip it into the nail color and paint on tiny flowers – keeping in mind that the beauty of this freehand design is that imperfection is perfection. Use a smart tool like Sally Hansen Color Quick Chrome Pen to draw on the leaves. Finish with a glossy top coat.

Simple. Right?

Shop the products below to try this blossoming nail art.

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