Depending on whether you have nail stenciling done in a salon or you do them yourself, the cost can vary from a few dollars to in the hundreds. Kits available at drug and beauty supply stores usually won't run more than $5 to $20, while a specialty salon visit can range from $15 to hundreds depending on how involved the nail art gets.
However and whoever applies the stencils will follow a similar set of steps, however, beginning with a good basecoat and/or layers of nail color to prep the nails. Stencil designs can be painted on to bare fingernails but they won't last as long and may not stand out as much as when applied in a layer to a coated surface.
Once prepped, the possibilities are endless! Stencils come in simple lines, zigzags and geometric shapes, or can be complex lace-like overlays, cameos, and landscape or nature-inspired scenes. And if you don't find a pre-made design that strikes your fancy, maybe you can nail some down on your own.