In the lash industry, learning how to store your Sky eyelash glue properly is essential to ensure that it performs as expected for the entire duration of its lifetime without any noticeable drop in performance.
Knowing how to maximize the lifetime of your glue is also an important factor in reducing the costs of your lash supplies – nobody likes buying more glue than they have to, especially when that money could be in your pocket instead!
In this article, we’re going to talk about how to store your Sky eyelash glue to maximize its lifetime and performance, how to keep track of when you need to buy new glue and also how to prevent your glue bottle from clogging.
How Long Does My Lash Glue Last?
There are many different claims made about how long professional lash adhesives last. While there are some differences in the formulations of products produced by different companies, the core ingredients remain the same, and so does the lifetime of those products.
Typically, after manufacturing is complete, the shelf life of a lash adhesive is around 6 months. This can however be extended by a couple of months if it is stored in the refrigerator (more on this later).
Once opened, depending on how the bottle is stored, the shelf life reduces to around 5-7 weeks. This is not a hard and fast rule – you might be able to get longer out it, however you will likely start to see a drop in the performance of the adhesive.
The key point here is that the clock starts ticking when the manufacturing process is complete. Some lash companies might only order stock once every 3 months. If you purchase a bottle just before they place a new order, you might receive a glue that has been sitting in a warehouse for 3+ months and hence its lifetime has been reduced to less than 3 months unopened.
This is why it’s so important to always order from a reliable company who has enough customers to quickly sell through their stock. We at Sky Glue, have a direct link to our factory in South Korea. When new stock is required (and that’s all the time!), it is manufactured on the spot and shipped out straight away so that you always get the freshest product with maximum shelf life remaining.
How Should I Store My Glue?
Let’s take a look at how we should store both unopened and opened bottles of Sky Glue now.
As already mentioned, the shelf life for unopened bottles of Sky Glue is approximately 6 months. If you’re not planning on using it for a while, you should keep the pouch it comes in sealed so that no air or moisture can reach the bottle. Keep it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight.
To extend the unopened shelf life for another 2 or even 3 months, you can put the glue in the refrigerator (still inside the sealed pouch). This slows down the natural aging of the ingredients just like how the fridge stops your food going off so quick!
If your store your unopened glue in the fridge, it’s REALLY important to take it out at least an hour before you use it to allow it to warm to room temperature. This will prevent any condensation from forming inside the bottle (condensation will cure the glue…which is very bad)!
First things first; DO NOT store your opened glue bottles in the fridge! As mentioned above, condensation will form inside the bottle and your glue will go off!
Opened bottles should have their lids tightly closed and be stored upright in a cool, dry place. If possible, you should store the glue inside the Sky Glue pouch with the silica pack to prohibit excessive moisture from getting into the bottle.
Needless to say, you should store all bottles of glue far out of reach of any children!
And remember to shake your glue really well for 30-60 seconds before your use it every single time! This will ensure that all the ingredients are properly mixed – if you don’t shake your glue then it can come out too concentrated and not black (the pigment will separate from the cyanoacrylate). If you see glue that’s a watery grey rather than a deep black then it’s time to shake it some more!
How Do I Know When To Get New Glue?
It’s quite simple actually… just write down when you opened your glue and make a note of the expiry date. Set a reminder to order more glue on that expiry date and off you go!
If you don’t write down dates, then you’re living dangerously. You’ll likely find your glue acting a bit strange one day and then panic while you wait for a new bottle to arrive!
The worst thing you can do for your business is to forget to order new glue and then have to cancel clients because you can’t lash them. Don’t let this happen to you!
When you order directly from Sky Glue then we'll keep track and send you out a reminder email if you’ve not purchased glue for a month. Even if nobody else has got your back, we’ll try our best to help you out!
How Can I Keep My Bottle From Clogging?
We’ve heard it time and time again – you’ve used your glue once or twice and now the nozzle is clogged up and no glue comes out.
This situation is fairly easily avoided if you follow our best practices for storing your glue. One of the most important things to remember is that you have to store your glue sitting upright. If your bottle is sitting on its side then the nozzle WILL clog! No doubt!
If you are doing this but you still find the bottle clogs a little then it’s time to be a little cleaner. What you CAN’T do is wipe the nozzle with cotton, water or alcohol. These materials will react with your glue and you don’t want that! If you absolutely have to clean your nozzle then we’d suggest using a dry sponge to wipe around the tip.
If all else fails, we have seen some people actually remove the nozzle entirely and then cleaning it with some remover. This really isn’t advisable as your glue will be exposed to the air while you’re doing this, and it will start to cure during that time. Plus it’s actually quite difficult to force the nozzle off!
Just be clean and keep your bottle upright at all times and you shouldn’t have any problems. Oh, and we also include a small unblocking pin in every pack to help you out too!
Your Glue Is Only As Good As Your Supplier
If you only remember 1 thing from this article, it’s that your glue can be the best in the industry and cost $100 but if you’re buying it from a distributor who is unable to sell through their stock quickly enough, then you’re likely buying old stock that WILL expire sooner than the recommended shelf life.
Always buy from a reputable supplier like Sky Glue who can guarantee that their stock is regularly refreshed to ensure that you don’t receive old glue.
Happy lashing! 🙂