11 Makeup Brands That Offer Gluten-Free Options

11 Makeup Brands That Offer Gluten-Free Options

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Gluten-free makeup might be of interest to you if you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. However, it can be challenging to know if your makeup products contain the protein gluten.

Below, you'll find a list of cosmetics companies and what they say about their gluten-free status, but first, why you should be concerned about makeup even though it's not something you eat.

Should I Buy Gluten-Free Makeup?

As you probably know, your reaction to gluten stems from your digestive tract, not from your skin. In fact, the gluten protein is too large to be absorbed through your skin.

Therefore, makeup and skincare products (such as moisturizers) that you use on your skin shouldn't—in theory—be an issue unless you're using them on your lips.

It's difficult or impossible to apply makeup or other skincare products without risking ingesting a tiny bit, either as you're spreading the product on your face, or later because you got some on your hands or under your fingernails.

How many times have you noticed that weird, sometimes metallic, often fragrance-y makeup taste in your mouth? That could be a sign that you got some of the makeup in your mouth.

It Only Takes a Little Tiny Bit

For some people who have gluten sensitivity, it can take just a crumb of food that's contaminated with gluten to induce symptoms.

Many makeup and skincare products contain gluten ingredients. This is often in the form of hydrolyzed wheat protein, which is processed, but not enough to remove all the gluten.

What If I Want to Take the Risk?

Here's how to stay safe while using gluten-containing makeup:

Do
  • Avoid gluten-containing lip products to avoid ingestion.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, including under your nails (especially if you bite your nails), every time you touch a gluten-containing product.

Don't
  • Use a gluten-containing product near your mouth.

  • Use powders that contain gluten, since they could become airborne (inhaled gluten can be a problem).

  • Rub your face and then touch your lips without washing your hands again first.

These guidelines can help you reduce your risk of exposure to gluten.

Gluten-Free Makeup Brands

To help you wade through the extensive lists of ingredients, we contacted a wide variety of makeup brands, both small and large, to ask about gluten ingredients in their products.

Below are makeup companies' statements on gluten and our conclusions about whether you should feel confident using their products, exercise caution, or avoid them altogether.

Afterglow Cosmetics

Afterglow Cosmetics products are made in a gluten-free facility and are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which requires products to meet stringent standards of less than 10 parts per million (ppm) of gluten (lower numbers are better). Afterglow Cosmetics uses Vitamin E (tocopherol) derived from organic cottonseed oil and organic olive oil (not from wheat germ, as is common in the cosmetics industry).

The bottom line: The products are completely safe if you are sensitive to gluten.

Alima Pure

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. Exercise caution with other products, especially if you're particularly sensitive to trace gluten.

Bare Minerals

This company states that many of its products don't contain gluten, but it can't guarantee that they're gluten-free. They are made in a shared facility or on shared equipment. Many people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity do report using Bare Minerals products without issue.

The bottom line: Exercise caution if you are sensitive to gluten, as Bare Minerals does not claim any products are gluten-free.

BITE Beauty 

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.

CoverGirl

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."

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 a possibility of cross-contamination, which could be a problem for you if you're particularly sensitive to gluten.

Ecco Bella

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: This is a safe brand for those of us with celiac or gluten sensitivity.

E.L.F. 

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. However, it does sometimes use shared equipment.

The bottom line: E.L.F. cosmetics are quite safe. 

em michelle phan

This brand is made and marketed in partnership with L'Oreal. The company does not state whether or not gluten-based ingredients are used in its products.

The bottom line: If you're particularly sensitive to gluten, you'll have to check ingredients carefully on em michelle phan products to make sure gluten grain ingredients aren't present, and there's a possibility of cross-contamination.

Gabriel Cosmetics

This all-natural, paraben-free line of cosmetics has been certified gluten-free by the GFCO, 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 use anything from Gabriel Cosmetics.

Lancome

This brand is owned by L'Oreal, and does not have a statement regarding gluten in its products.

Lili Lolo

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: The BB Cream may cause symptoms if you're highly sensitive to gluten, but you should be able to use other products in the makeup line safely.

L'Oreal, Maybelline New York

This company does not have a statement about gluten-containing ingredients in its products.

The bottom line: If you're particularly sensitive to gluten, you should check ingredients carefully to make sure gluten grain ingredients aren't present, and there's a possibility of gluten cross-contamination.

Mirabella Beauty

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 company also doesn't perform animal testing.

The bottom line: Mirabella Beauty takes a careful approach to serving the gluten-free community. You should be safe with any product, with the exception of the gluten-containing skin tint crème.

NARS Cosmetics

The company does not have a statement regarding gluten.

The bottom line: If you are highly sensitive to gluten, watch for a reaction when you start to use NARS Cosmetics products to decide if you should continue to use them or not.

Nivea

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 adds that there's a risk of cross-contamination due to shared facilities.

The bottom line: You'll have to check ingredients carefully on Nivea products to make sure gluten grain ingredients aren't present.

NYX Cosmetics

The company does not have a statement regarding gluten.

The bottom line: If you are highly sensitive to gluten, watch for a reaction when you start to use NYX Cosmetics products to decide if you should continue to use them or not.

Pangea Organics

Pangea might not truly count as a makeup company—it makes three lip balms, but mainly creates beauty products such as cleansers, toners, and creams. However, the company is extremely careful when it comes to gluten. All of its products are considered gluten-free, with the exception of its Oatmeal Bergamot Bar Soap, which Pangea doesn't include on its gluten-free list because of the possibility of gluten cross-contamination in the oatmeal from nearby wheat fields. Pangea Organics also states that "our Vitamin E is sourced from either soy or sunflower, rather than wheat germ."

The bottom line: You can use anything from Pangea Organics with confidence (with the exception of the oatmeal soap).

Red Apple Lipstick

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: You can use Red Apple Lipstick products if you have gluten sensitivity.

Revlon

The company does not have a statement regarding gluten.

The bottom line: If you are highly sensitive to gluten, watch for a reaction when you start to use Revlon Cosmetics products to decide if you should continue to use them or not.

Smashbox

This brand is a subsidiary of Estee Lauder. The company states that consumers can provide it with the name of individual products and that it will respond with information on those specific products. Products might be processed on shared equipment.

The bottom line: If you are highly sensitive to gluten, watch for a reaction when you start to use Smashbox Cosmetics products to decide if you should continue to use them or not.

Too Faced Cosmetics

The company's entire line of cosmetics is gluten-free with the exception of our Borderline Lip Pencil, but products may be subject to cross-contamination in manufacturing. The company is cruelty-free and has an extensive vegan-friendly product list.

The bottom line: If you have gluten sensitivity, you can safely use anything from Too Faced Cosmetics with the exception of the Borderline Lip Pencil.

Urban Decay

According to the company, some products do not include gluten 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.

Zuzu Luxe

This brand, made by GFCO-certified Gabriel Cosmetics, is certified gluten-free. Most Zuzu Luxe products also are corn-free and vegan, according to the company.

The bottom line: Zuzu Luxe products are perfectly safe for people with celiac and gluten sensitivity to use.

A few other notable products to mention that are gluten-free, Gluten-limiting include:

  • Dr. Hauschka
  • LipSense
  • Verb Haircare
  • Pai Skincare

A Word From Verywell

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you might not need to use gluten-free makeup. However, if you are extremely sensitive, you might have a reaction when using gluten-containing products on your lips or if you accidentally ingest them.

If you use gluten-containing makeup products and have persistent symptoms, consider switching to gluten-free—this switch might help. Many cosmetic brands offer gluten-free lines or produce some gluten-free products, and seeking out these products may help you control your condition.

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