09/24/2012 05:36 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DIY Nail Art: YSL Mondrian Dress-Inspired Manicure (PHOTO)

It's no surprise that we're pretty obsessed with 1960s style (see: Dari Lallou imitate Twiggy, Barbara Parkins' printed floral gown and Natalie Wood's smoldering eye makeup). But when we look back on this era, Yves Saint Laurent's colorblock Mondrian dress immediately comes to mind for its major impact on the fashion world. It's a look we'd slip into even today.

Danielle and Jenny of the blog Polish You Pretty created this bold and bright mani inspired by YSL's iconic "Mod" shift dress (a nod to Dutch painter Piet Mondrian). The primary colors pop against the stark white base and sharp lines, matching the late designer's piece perfectly. Follow the girls' instructions below on how to recreate this DIY nail art.

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Photos: Model wearing Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian dress, Getty Images; American Apparel Mount Royal; OPI Big Apple Red; China Glaze Happy Go Lucky; CND Brilliant White; Polish You Pretty's YSL Mondrian dress-inspired DIY nail art.

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nails a bright, true white. Using two coats of CND Brilliant White, ensure nails are fully opaque.

Step 2: Begin painting your square shapes with YSL's Mondrian dress as the inspiration for placement. Using OPI Big Apple Red, American Apparel Mount Royal and China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, paint the shapes on one-half of the nail.

Step 3: Using black nail art tape (or painted Scotch Tape), place lines across each nail to complete the look. Tip: It may be easier to do all horizontal lines and then switch to vertical once those are set. Don’t forget to seal in your design with a top coat.

What do you think about this YSL-inspired manicure? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section.

Meanwhile, find out how to wear fall's dark and dreamy nail polish colors.

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