Does Eyelash Glue Expire?

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The eyes are very delicate. That’s why you should be extremely careful with the products you use around your eyes. One of the things to watch out for is expired products. 

Eyelash glue is included in that long list of products that you could be using. Have you ever asked: Does eyelash glue expire?

The answer to that is yes! Eyelash glue expires. And it might be sooner than you think!

Let’s help you figure out if your lash glue is still good, and how long eyelash glue lasts. Additionally, we’ll also tell you about the different factors that can affect its expiration. 


Does Eyelash Glue Expire?

Eyelash glue

When was the last time you used false lashes? How much eyelash glue  do you still have? 

Stashing fake lashes, that are new or clean is okay. However, keeping that bottle of eyelash glue for a long time is not. 

Eyelash glue expires!

For safety purposes, it is best to dispose of eyelash glue when it’s expired. Don’t chance it, and get yourself some new glue.

How Long Does Eyelash Glue Last?

If your eyelash glue is unopened, it can usually last for about 3-6 months.

But that’s only true if you store it properly.

If you don’t, then that bottle of eyelash glue may be trash in as little as 2 months. 

If your eyelash glue is already opened, you only have a month to use it. After that, just throw it away for safety reasons.

Additionally, the eyelash glue might not be able to efficiently secure your fake lashes in place. 

What Will Happen If I Use Expired Eyelash Glue?

If it’s only a few days past the expiration, you stored it well, and it still seems to be the right consistency, it will probably work fine.

But as you get months and years out from the expiration date, the glue will not work well.

The glue will begin to come out in clumps that are hard to work with. It will cause your lashes to not adhere evenly.

You will also run the risk of your falsies disconnecting from your real lashes in spots. Not a good look!

Factors That Affect Eyelash Glue Expiration Date

Some eyelash glues last longer than others. That would depend on various factors such as:

Manufacturing Date

One of the main factors that can affect when your eyelash glue expires is when it is manufactured. This dictates the freshness of the product. 

Eyelash glue is made of cyanoacrylate. This substance is known to react to air and humidity. Once exposed, the glue will gradually deteriorate or harden. That’s why the glue gets thicker the longer it’s stored. 

The eyelash glue gets exposed to air during the manufacturing and bottling process. The bottle is usually a breathable one that allows the exchange of gases. 

They aren’t packed in air-tight containers because the components of the eyelash glue also produce gases. The container will simply burst if it is airtight. 

Always check the manufacturing date of your eyelash glue before purchasing it, or when you receive a new one.

Don’t stock up on eyelash glue.

Just purchase one from a fresh batch every after a few months. 

Sometimes expiration dates aren’t indicated. Sometimes even the manufacturing dates are not listed.

In that case, check for a lot number or batch code to check if they are fresh batches. 

When The Seal Was Broken

Another thing to note is the date when you first opened the eyelash glue and broke the seal. From the date you first opened it, your eyelash glue will only be good for about a month. 

That’s because opening it will expose it even further to air. That will increase the speed of deterioration as compared to a sealed bottle of eyelash glue. 

Always make sure to keep track of the date you opened it. Write it down on the bottle to be sure.

If you can’t remember, just throw out the bottle for your own safety. 

How It Was Stored

Proper storage is an important factor. Eyelash glues should be kept in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. 

There is usually no need to refrigerate the eyelash glue unless your room temperatures get too high.

In that case, you should take the glue out of the fridge for a couple of hours before using it. 

When To Throw Your Lash Eyelash Glue Away

Aside from reaching the expiration date, there are other signs that tell you that you should already throw it out.

First of all, if the glue is already dried out and wouldn’t come out of the bottle, then just throw it away. 

Don’t force your bottle open or rip it apart just to get access to the eyelash glue. You may just be wasting your time with that dried-up glue. 

If your eyelash glue feels or looks stringy, then you should throw it out. If there is any change in consistency, or if you notice that the ingredients are separated, then it’s time to say goodbye.

Final Thoughts

Eyelash glue expires, and after expiration, you shouldn’t use it. Usually, an unopened bottle of eyelash glue will still be fine for 3-6 months. However, once opened, it should only be used for about a month. 

The life of your eyelash glue will depend on a few factors such as the manufacturing date, the date when you first opened it, and how it is stored.

Any change in consistency or performance should be taken as a sign that it is time to throw them out. And if you really don’t want to deal with getting new glues constantly, check out magnetic lashes.

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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).