Let’s talk gluten-free makeup. Most people want to know if it’s something they need to worry about. I say it’s something that you need to take a serious look at and then make an informed decision that you feel excellent about.
Do celiacs need gluten-free cosmetics?
For me, yes, I’ve chosen to use gluten-free makeup and body products. Gluten really irritates my eyes and skin, but I don’t live with DH like many others do (Dermatitis herpetiformis, an autoimmune blistering disorder on the skin associated with gluten sensitivity).
For those with DH, they have to keep gluten off their skin no matter what. For those of us with celiac disease, who don’t react to gluten on the skin, the question is: “Do I need to stay away from it? Does it really matter?”
Since gluten tried its best to destroy many beautiful years of my life, I have no desire to do with it. In fact, it would suit me just fine if gluten crawled into a deep dark hole and never found its way out. That being said, in truth, it’s not an emotional decision as much as the fact that I don’t want to ingest any beauty products with gluten during my daily routine accidentally.
It’s way too easy to inhale my hairspray as I try to tame my hair into submission or swallow my conditioner as I try to shave and wash my hair at the same time in a rush for a hot date with my man. So when people ask if they need gluten-free cosmetics, I always share that it’s my opinion that your lipstick, lotions, lip glosses, hair sprays, hair gels, shampoos, soaps, conditioners, etc. – body care products and skincare products, in general, should use gluten-free ingredients.
Each of these items can easily find its way into your mouth and thus damage your intestines. So, yes, it’s a pain in the toosh when you first seek out these items, but thankfully, these items are available to us. Has my doctor said we shouldn’t worry about topical gluten? Yes, he has. And I respect that.
But for me, I feel like when I walk out of my door, I have to be on alert about my gluten sensitivity. There’s not a day off from it. So in my home, I choose to make it a safe zone. That way, if anything accidentally gets in my mouth, it’s no biggie.
Has it been easy? Nope. Worth it? Yup. Cause now, I can bite my lip if I am nervous or spray my hair to my heart’s content without a worry in the world. I do my best to avoid allergic reactions by minimizing my exposure to gluten.
If you are avoiding gluten like I am, then look no further. Enjoy the list of brands I’ve put together for you below. But first, I’d like to share some of my articles that go in-depth on each category, and don’t forget to view the FAQs section I’ve put together at the end. It might answer some of the questions you have regarding gluten-free makeup.
Lists of Gluten-free makeup Products by Category [Each will take you to an article I’ve written with my reviews]
- Gluten-free lipstick
- Gluten-free foundation
- Gluten-free nail polish
- Gluten-free eyeliners
- Gluten-free makeup removers
- Gluten-free finishing powder
- Gluten-free eyelash enhancer
- Gluten-free lip and cheek tint
- Gluten-free eye cream
- Gluten-free face wash
- Gluten-free mascara
- Gluten-free shampoo and conditioner
- Gluten-free bronzers and tanning lotions
- Gluten-free hair styling gel
- Gluten-free hair spray
- Gluten-free exfoliant
- Gluten-free hair dye
- Gluten-free acne treatment
What brands of makeup are gluten-free?
I have classified the products in this article into 3 categories:
1. Gluten-free Certified
It’s a process to ensure that a given food, drink, or supplement isn’t unsafe for people with celiac disease. Consumers are reassured that there is third-party oversight of the manufacturer’s claims and processes. Several programs give out this certification, and each has its own criteria to ensure safety for consumers.
Products in this category offer most of their line as gluten-free certified and label them appropriately. The other products are advertised as gluten-free.
2. Products advertised as “Gluten-free”
These are products that are manufactured without any gluten ingredients, and even if there is wheat in the food, usually as a result of cross-contamination, it can still be labeled as free of protein. As long as the product contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten, it may be labeled free of it.
If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be gluten-free, certified or not, you can read more in this great article by EatMikeys.com.
3. Don’t test for Gluten
These are brands that may or may not use gluten as part of their ingredients, and if you use them, you are at risk. The companies don’t test for gluten and don’t make any explicit statements in their labels regarding gluten. If you do decide to use these, make sure you take precaution:
- Avoid using these gluten-containing products near your mouth
- If it is a powder, avoid using it as it can be airborne and ingested
- Avoid touching your lips or getting your hands near your mouth after applying – make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after use.
- Always apply makeup to a small part of your body and check for any reactions before using
Gluten-free Certified Makeup
I have literally copy and pasted their statements into the description of each brand. I’ve done the research for you so you can comfortably make a decision of which brands to use.
Ecco Bella: There is no gluten or wheat protein in any Ecco Bella product. All our products are safe for customers with celiac sprue.
Ilia Beauty: All ILIA products are gluten-free except our True Skin Radiant Priming Serum, which contains a wheat derivative. Some products are Gluten-Free Certified because those products are made at facilities that have that certification. Other items are gluten-free in their formula content, yet we cannot certify them as such because they are produced in facilities that also produce products with gluten and those sites do not carry the Gluten-Free Certification. All other items are gluten-free, yet we cannot certify them as it is just not possible due to the logistics of production.
Honeybee Gardens: Our products are 100% gluten-free and safe for use by celiacs. Many of our products are CERTIFIED gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group, and we will continue the certification products for the rest of our line.
Gabriel Cosmetics: Gabriel has been certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. According to GFCO’s (Gluten-free Certification Organization) website their certification seal, “stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products. Products carrying the GF logo represents unmatched reliability and for meeting strict gluten-free standards. GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world.” Gabriel Organics Skincare and Gabriel nail polishes are gluten-free they are not certified.
Zuzu Luxe: Zuzu Luxe has been certified gluten-free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. According to GFCO’s website their certification seal, “stands for the independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products. Products carrying the GF logo represents unmatched reliability and for meeting strict gluten-free standards. GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world.” Gabriel Organics Skincare and Gabriel nail polishes are gluten-free they are not certified.
Arbonne: Arbonne products are Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Formulated Gluten-free. Arbonne nutrition products are formulated without gluten-containing ingredients. Cross-contamination may occur during harvesting and/or the manufacturing process. For the gluten-free certification status of your product, check the product label.
Red Apple Lipstick: All Red Apple Lipstick makeup and color cosmetics are allergen-friendly, completely gluten-free, paraben-free, lead-free, non-animal tested, and enhances your natural beauty as a quality product. The skincare products’ ingredients list is short and vegan, so you know exactly what you are putting on your face and body, and that your cosmetic line is good for you, rather than filled with nasty chemicals or allergens, like gluten… Because we make ALL our products in a gluten-free facility and use carefully sourced ingredients and formulations for all our products, we guarantee no cross-contamination with our makeup–we are well known as completely safe for the gluten-free community.
Muskaan: We’ve… taken the extra steps to make sure our formula meets Halal and Gluten-Free certifications, so every shade was cleanly created with zero contaminations of such materials in preparation, processing, manufacturing, and storage. There are NO animal-derived substances of non-Halal origin, GMOs, or alcohol.
Advertised as Gluten-free Makeup
The list of cosmetic companies listed below advertise in their labels or web sites that they are gluten-free, but are not certified by any organization.
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- Bare Minerals
- Bite Beauty
- Alima Pure
- Mirabella Beauty
- Pangea Organics
- Juice Beauty
- Anne Marie Gianni
- Taste Beauty
- Kiss Freely
- Keeki Pure & Simple
- 100% Pure
- Au Naturale Cosmetics
- Concrete Minerals
- Everyday Minerals
- Illuminare Cosmetics
- Lauren Brooke
- RMS Beauty
- Sweet Leilani
- Vapour Organic Beauty
- Fenty Beauty
- Physicians Formula
- Thrive Causemetics
- W3LL People
- Root Pretty
Companies that don’t have any statement regarding Gluten and don’t test for Gluten.
- em Michelle Phan
- L’Oreal, Maybelline New York
- NARS Cosmetics
- NYX Cosmetics
- Urban Decay
Hidden wheat, barley, and oatmeal ingredient names
I have noticed that makeup manufacturers will sometimes list ingredients using different names and aliases. You will not always find the common names listed, such as wheat, rye, barley, and oat. The cosmetic industry will often instead use scientific names, which are harder to spot as gluten for the consumer.
Most cosmetics companies use either a shared facility or get many raw materials from many different suppliers and sources. This raises the risk of cross-contamination and also makes it difficult for these companies to guarantee a gluten-free process used by their suppliers.
Here are a few of the most common scientific names used:
- Triticum Vulgare (Wheat)
- Hordeum Vulgare (barley)
- Avena Sativa (oatmeal)
- Vitamin E (not scientific, but Vitamin E is sometimes derived from a wheat germ)
Check out this fantastic article written by GlutenFreeMakeupGal.com, which contains a handy chart with all the possible “hidden” ingredients makeup companies use.
My big advice is always to read the labels – if it is not Gluten-free Certified, lookout for gluten or equivalent “hidden” scientific names. It will be the only way you can 100% make sure you are safe from gluten.
Gluten-free Makeup Frequently Asked Questions
Are Clinique products gluten-free?
The cosmetics company Clinique does have products that don’t include gluten ingredients but are not advertised as gluten-free and are not gluten-free certified either. The facilities that make their products that don’t contain gluten also make products that do contain gluten. This can result in cross-contamination. Clinique does a good job at letting us know which products do contain gluten and which don’t.
I personally stay away from any brands that have any chance of including a drop of gluten, but the amount of gluten in a cross-contaminated product might not be a problem for you. It will depend on your condition. My suggestion with Clinique is, if you want to use one of their products, always contact them first and ask whether you are looking to buy any gluten ingredients in it.
Always consult with your doctor if you have any questions.
Is Maybelline New York gluten-free?
The cosmetics company Maybelline does have products that don’t include gluten ingredients but are not advertised as gluten-free and are not gluten-free certified either. The facilities that make their products that don’t contain gluten also make products that do contain gluten. This can result in cross-contamination. They also claim to use FDA-recognized names in their ingredients list. A quick review of the ingredients should let you know if there are any gluten ingredients in their products.
I personally stay away from any brands that have any chance of including a drop of gluten, but the amount of gluten in a cross-contaminated product might not be a problem for you. It will depend on your condition. My suggestion with Maybelline is, if you want to use one of their products, always contact them first and ask whether you are looking to buy any gluten ingredients in it.
Always consult with your doctor if you have any questions.
Is Sephora makeup gluten-free?
Sephora does carry gluten-free products. Some of the brands sold at Sephra are 100% gluten-free, others Gluten-free certified, others brands offer gluten-free product lines, and others are not gluten-free at all.
Some of the most popular brands at Sephora that are gluten-free include Bite Beauty, Ilia, Lashfood, Taste Beauty, to name a few.
For a full list of Gluten-free products you can find at Sephora, our friends from GlutenFreeMakeupGal.com have done thorough research on the topic and posted their list here.
Is Ulta makeup gluten-free?
Ulta does carry gluten-free products. Some of the brands sold at Ulta are 100% gluten-free, others Gluten-free certified, others brands offer gluten-free product lines, and others are not gluten-free at all.
Some of the most popular brands at Ulta that are gluten-free include Bare Minerals, E.L.F., NUDESTIX, W3LL People, Lashfood, to name a few.
For a full list of Gluten-free products you can find at Ulta, our friends from GlutenFreeMakeupGal.com have done thorough research on the topic and posted their list here.
Is E.L.F. makeup gluten-free?
E.L.F. cosmetics products are gluten-free, but they don’t guarantee that there is no cross-contamination. This is what they posted in their website’s FAQs:
“Our products do not contain gluten or beeswax. However, please be aware that we cannot guarantee that the machinery used to process our products are completely gluten-free.”
Does lipstick contain gluten?
There are many brands of lipstick, lip balm, lip gloss, or lip products in general that do contain gluten ingredients. Gluten or gluten-derived ingredients are used to improve texture and moisturize. Luckily many brands are gluten-free certified, and others that advertise as gluten-free. If you’d like to know which those brands are, scroll to the top of this article, where I give you a comprehensive list of brands suitable for Celiacs or those with gluten allergies.