When you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity your reaction to gluten found in wheat, barley and rye stems from your digestive tract, not from your skin. Technically if you aren't ingesting your makeup it wouldn't be a problem, but and that's a BIG but, it's very easy to ingest your makeup. Of course your lipstick has to be gluten free because that goes on your lips and it's inevitably swallowed. But what about foundation, blush, mascara, and all other makeup products? It comes down to personal choice, but it's pretty easy to accidently get many of these kinds of makeup in your mouth. If you have celiac disease or are particularly sensitive to gluten consider buying gluten free makeup. It's easy to find now and many brands are affordable and work just as well.
Another bonus for gluten free makeup is many of it is also made with natural ingredients. Below I underlined the healthier, natural and organic options. I suggest switching to brands that are free from harmful ingredients like parabens, SLS, Polyethylene, Aminophenol, Diaminobenzene, Phenylenediamine and BHA.
What Names Does Gluten Hide Under?
Cosmetics companies aren’t required to list wheat as an ingredient on the label, and they aren’t obligated to declare the presence of gluten. Another reason why buying labelled gluten free makeup is a good idea. These are some of the names gluten can hide behind in your cosmetics.
Gluten Free Cosmetic List 2016 (Celiac Safe)
Afterglow Cosmetics is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which requires products to meet stringent standards of less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten . None of the company's products contains gluten, and everything is made in a gluten-free facility.
Bottom Line: Safe
Alima Pure. (Natural)
Alima Pure makes eco-friendly, mineral-based makeup that's cruelty-free. According to the company: "All of our loose powder products are gluten free, as is our Lip Tint, Velvet Lipstick, and Natural Definition Mascara. However, only our loose powder products are created in a designated gluten free facility."
The bottom line: You're perfectly safe to use any loose powder products from Alima Pure. If you're on a strict gluten free diet or are very sensitive then use precaution using their other products.
This company states that "many of our products do not contain ingredients derived from barley, oats, rye, spelt or wheat, which are commonly known sources of gluten. However, due to the wide range of raw materials and equipment used during the manufacturing of our products, we cannot confirm that our products are free from any traces of gluten.
The bottom line: Exercise caution, as Bare Minerals does not claim any products are gluten-free.
All Benecos makeup products are 100% Gluten Free, making them the perfect choice for those with Celiac Disease and living a gluten free lifestyle. Certified Natural and made with organic ingredients.
The Bottom Line: Very safe for those with celiac disease)
BITE Beauty, which makes only lip products, sells through Sephora. The company also offers BITE Beauty Lip Lab, a shop in SoHo in New York City that will custom blend lip products for you. The company's products are certified gluten-free. The bottom line: BITE Beauty products are perfectly safe for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
Here's the statement from Cover Girl: "If we add gluten, wheat or wheat extract directly to a product, it will be listed in the ingredients on the label. Still, we cannot give a 100% guarantee that trace levels of gluten are not present. Many ingredients used in our products are purchased as a raw material and we do not have information on the make-up of these raw materials or if they have been in contact with other materials before they arrive at the plant.
The bottom line: You'll have to check ingredients carefully on CoverGirl products to make sure gluten grain ingredients aren't present, and there's always the possibility of cross-contamination if you're particularly sensitive.
Ecco Bella. (Natural)
This is a safe brand for those of us with celiac or gluten sensitivity. From the company: "There is no gluten or wheat protein in any Ecco Bella product. All our products are safe for customers with celiac sprue."
The bottom line: I would try anything from Ecco Bella, and use it with confidence.
Elate cosmetics (Natural)
Elate cosmetics won't compromise your skin, your lifestyle, or the earth. Beautiful colours, skin loving ingredients, and sustainable packaging. Vegan | Cruelty Free | Toxin Free | Gluten Free | Made in Canada
The Bottom Line: Safe
This brand uses all gluten-free ingredients, and also does not test on animals or use ingredients derived from animals, according to the company's statement: "Our products do not contain gluten or beeswax. Please be aware, however, that we cannot guarantee that the machinery used to process our products are completely gluten free."
The bottom line: E.L.F. cosmetics are quite safe.
Gabriel Cosmetics. (Natural)
This all-natural, paraben-free line of cosmetics has been certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which requires products to include fewer than 10 parts per million of gluten. Gabriel Cosmetics also is vegan (with the exception of its makeup brushes, which are cruelty-free). The bottom line: Anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can confidently order and use anything from Gabriel Cosmetics.
Lili Lolo offers mineral makeup, including foundation, powder, blush, lip, and eye products. According to the company, everything in the Lili Lolo line is gluten-free except for the BB Cream, which contains wheat germ.
The bottom line: Definitely skip the BB Cream, but you should be able to use other products in the makeup line safely.
L'Oreal (Maybelline, Lancome).
This makeup conglomerate doesn't provide a very satisfying answer when asked if there's any gluten in its various products: "There is no evidence that symptoms associated with Celiac disease can be caused by the topical application of gluten-containing products such as cosmetics, skincare and hair care products. Scientific research shows that proteins such as gluten are not absorbed through the skin. Most ingredients derived from grain sources are highly refined and retain no traces of gluten proteins. For less refined ingredients from natural sources, L'oreal has established strict limits on the level of potentially allergenic proteins. We believe that this policy minimizes the likelihood of reactions to these proteins in the majority of sensitive individuals. However, since individuals exhibit a wide range of sensitivities to these proteins, if you have any questions or concerns you should discuss with your medical care provider. All the ingredients we use in a product are listed on the package or the label of the product itself. For products too small to accommodate the list, a separate ingredient list is available on the display unit in the store for your convenience. Since some ingredients are known by more than one name, we use the standard industry FDA-recognized names. A review of the ingredients that are listed on all of our products or packages will alert you to the presence of this type of ingredient." The bottom line: If you really want to use a l'Oreal product, you'll have to check ingredients carefully to make sure gluten grain ingredients aren't present, and there's always the possibility of gluten cross-contamination even if you don't spot something that's obviously gluten-y. There are better choices available.
According to Mirabella, all its products except for its skin tint crème are gluten-free (there's wheat protein in the skin tint crème). Mirabella reports that its vendors test ingredients for trace gluten "and are AMAZINGLY thorough." Gluten-free products may be made in a shared facility, but Mirabella takes special care to clean the equipment in between batches. The gluten-containing skin tint crème is not made in the same facility as the other products. Mirabella Beauty does not test on animals ("Amber, our Creative Director, does all the testing on herself"), and the customer service rep told me that "I believe our line is completely devoid of animal products or byproducts."
The bottom line: Mirabella Beauty takes a careful approach to serving the gluten-free community. I wouldn't hesitate to try any product, with the exception of the gluten-containing skin tint crème.
According to Nivea, gluten-containing ingredients in the company's products include: triticum vulgare (wheat bran), secale cereale (rye seed extract), hordeum vulgare (barley), and avena sativa (oat bran). Nivea urges customers to check labels for these ingredients, and adds: "Although our other products may not contain the above ingredients, it is always possible that there may be traces of gluten since ingredients and products are not manufactured in gluten-free facilities."
The bottom line: You'll have to check ingredients carefully on Nivea products to make sure gluten grain ingredients aren't present, and there's always the possibility of cross-contamination.
Pacifica Skin Care. (Natural)
Pacifica is known as one of the most innovative and sustainable makeup lines on the market today. All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free.
Bottom Line: Very safe
Red Apple Lipstick.
Despite the name, Red Apple Lipstick makes far more than just, well, lipstick. The company boasts lip pencils, lip balm, lip exfoliators, eye shadows and eye liners. All Red Apple products are gluten-free, with rigorous testing (aiming at zero parts per million of gluten) to ensure there's no trace gluten present. The company then follows that up with routine batch lab testing to ensure purity.
The bottom line: Very safe
Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics. (Natural)
All natural formulas that treat & benefit the skin. • Canadian •Vegan •Paraben-Free •Gluten-Free •Cruelty-Free •Fragrance-free.
Bottom Line: Very Safe
Sappho Cosmetics Organic (Natural)
This cosmetic company is a favorite among celebrity makeup artists in the Vancouver Film Industry and was formulated by Emmy nominated makeup artist Joanne Fowler, founder of Sappho Cosmetics. Free of harmful synthetic preservatives, including parabens, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, talc and dimethicone.
Bottom Line: Very Safe
Too Faced Cosmetics.
"Our entire line of cosmetics is formulated to be gluten free with the exception of our Borderline Lip Pencil. Please note, whereas these products are formulated to be gluten free, we cannot guarantee that our manufacturing facilities do not come in contact with gluten. Too Faced Cosmetics is proud to be a completely cruelty free company." The company has an extensive vegan-friendly product list.
The bottom line: I'd feel comfortable using anything from Too Faced Cosmetics with the exception of the Borderline Lip Pencil.
According to the company, some products do not include gluten-y ingredients, but Urban Decay does not test for trace gluten.
The bottom line: Urban Decay will tell you which products contain no gluten ingredients if you contact them at (800) 784-8722. We've used these products before, but always be aware of the possibility of gluten cross-contamination.
Zuzu Luxe (Natural)
This brand, made by GFCO-certified Gabriel Cosmetics, also is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which tests products to ensure they contain fewer than 10 parts per million of gluten. Most Zuzu Luxe products also are corn-free. The products also are vegan, according to the company.
The bottom line: Zuzu Luxe products are perfectly safe for people with celiac and gluten sensitivity to use.