How Long Do Clutch Nails Last?

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What do you consider self-care? It could be as simple as making yourself look pretty like coloring your hair, wearing makeup, or having your nails done. 

I especially love having my nails done. It makes me feel extra special as I type these articles. However, sometimes I find my favorite nail salon booked to the brim. 

When that happens, I turn to my favorite alternative: Clutch nails!

So how long do clutch nails last? Clutch nails typically last for about 1-2 weeks. However, that depends on how well you put them on, and on what you do with your hands while wearing them. 

Let me help you make your Clutch nails last longer! Below is an easy guide on how to apply clutch nails properly so that they’ll last. 


How Long Do Clutch Nails Last?

Clutch Nails

Ever wanted to have that ballerina ombre pink nails  but are too afraid to commit to acrylic or gel nails?

Clutch nails are the perfect solution.

They are as beautiful but they won’t last as long. 

Clutch nails typically last for 1-2 weeks. If you are uncomfortable wearing the length, you can even remove them after attending that social gathering you’ve been prepping for. 

If you want to make sure that your clutch nails last, it is essential that you properly attach the press-on nail to your natural nails.

The good news is that they already come packed with nail glue so you don’t have to purchase it separately. 

All that’s left for you to do is to know the proper technique of attaching them. Don’t worry, we’ve got that covered in this article too!

How To Properly Apply Clutch Nails

Clutch Nails Rainbow

Step 1: Clean The Nails

The first step is to wash your hands and make sure they are clean. Any oils or lotions prior to application can cause the clutch nails not to stick on the nails properly. That’s because the nails will be too slippery. 

After washing your hands, you should also take your time and push your cuticles back. You can use a wooden cuticle stick to do this.

Step 2: Wipe The Nails With Alcohol or Nail Dehydrator

This step is optional but I find that the Clutch nails stick better when this is done. Wiping the nails with alcohol or a nail dehydrator  removes residue or oils left on the nail.

Step 3: File And Buff The Nails

In this step, you can shape your nails or file it down. This step also involves gently buffing the nail bed. Buffing the nail bed creates a coarse surface where the glue better adheres. 

Step 4: Find The Right Size

Finding the right size is important in making the Clutch nails appear more natural. The Clutch nails have numbers on the underside of the nail. 0 is the largest while 9 is the smallest. Each pack contains 24 nails in total. 

There will certainly be some that you won’t use. Just find the right-sized nails that fit the shape and width of your nails. 

Step 5: Apply The Glue

A small drop of glue should be applied to both your natural nail and the fake nail. This will help the Clutch nail last for a week or two. If you don’t like the nails to last that long, you may apply a lesser amount of glue. 

Although you should apply glue to your natural nail and fake nail, make sure you don’t use too much. If you use too much, it will just end up in your cuticles. 

Step 6: Press And Hold For A Minute

To secure the Clutch nail in place, you need to hold and press it over your nail for about a minute. The glue doesn’t immediately dry up so you’ll need about a minute to attach it to the natural nail.

After attaching the nails, you may wash your hands and apply some hand cream. 

Make Your Clutch Nails Stay Longer

If you find that your fake nails are always popping off sooner than you would like, it may be due to how you apply it. In order to help them keep attached for longer, here’s what you should remember:

  • Removing oil is important so wash your hands thoroughly. 
  • Cuticle oil or hand cream shouldn’t be used before the application. 
  • Buffing the nails make the surface better for adhesion
  • The right size prevents it from popping off easily. 
  • Soaking in warm soapy water loosens the adhesive.
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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).