When you first went "gluten free," either out of choice or necessity, I bet you only thought about how this would affect your food choices. Now it seems that you might need to opt for gluten-free makeup too!

How so, you say? Well, while there are strict rules governing what labeling should appear on our food and drink (most often nowadays it will even tell us if something contains gluten, dairy, nuts and so on) this is not so for cosmetics.  In fact for the things we use the most often, such as lipsticks and foundations, there is no indication at all on the packaging of big brands in regard to gluten -- even though many of these products contain an element of wheat in them.


Is This a Big Problem?

After all I'm not eating the make-up!

While it is certainly true that gluten cannot be taken into the body through the skin, if you think about lipstick as a prime example, it stands to reason that some of this is ingested. In fact the average women is said to ingest around 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. You also need to be careful with foundation which is close to your mouth, or indeed if you have been using a body lotion and have a trace of it still on your hands.

Obviously it depends how sensitive you are to gluten as to how big a problem you see this, but it pays to know the brands that are more friendly for you. Even something as simple as a cream with vitamin E could have been derived from wheat, but the packaging will not necessarily tell you that.

Gluten Free Cosmetic & Makeup Brands

Afterglow Cosmetics

Afterglow Gluten Free EyeshadowCredit: http://www.afterglowcosmetics.com/Afterglow-Best-Sellers/This is one of my favorite companies for gluten free makeup as they really understand the problem. The founder of the company started it as some of her family members were very sensitive celiacs, so she understood the importance of having makeup that was completely gluten free. Not only are the products guaranteed to have no ingredients in that contain gluten, they are produced in a 100% gluten free environment too, so there is no chance of cross contamination.

You don't have to look high and low on the shelves either as their website is great and ships straight to your door. They also often feature "free shipping days" so what's not to love?

The packaging is gorgeous (it doesn't look like a "homey" company) and you have every makeup product you could possibly need here; my fave is the eyeshadows.

Ecco Bella

Ecco Bella Gluten Free LipstickCredit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000URWZ2Y/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=Ibwendy-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=B000URWZ2YThe Ecco Bella Flowercolor range is all about everything natural, and pretty much has all your cosmetic and makeup bases covered. Featuring not just lipsticks and the like, but also skincare products, and bathtime products too.

I highly recommend the Ecco Bella Flowercolor lipsticks as they go on just superbly. They contain a formula of vegetable waxes, oils, and mineral pigments - not a trace of gluten in sight. You can even order these beauties from Amazon!

Bare Minerals

Although Bare Minerals products contain no gluten in the ingredients, I feel it's important to point out form the start that they cannot and do not guarantee that they are manufactured in a gluten free atmosphere. So it really depends on what kind of sensitivity you have. If you are very sensitive or are unsure then I'd recommend Afterglow instead.Bare Minerals Make up is Somewhat Gluten FreeCredit: http://www.bareescentuals.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BareEscentuals-Site/default/Experience-Show?cgid=BM_DIFF

Bare Minerals makeup is really popular worldwide, whether you are a celiac or not, just because they give such a great finish and are nice to use.

There is also the added benefit here that they are fairly easy to purchase in stores, although they do have a great website to get that makeup shipped to you ASAP too, and include some really yummy sets.

Hopefully now you understand not only why there is a need for gluten free makeup in your bag, but what are the best gluten free cosmetic brands to choose from as well. If you know, or can recommend, any more then please let me know.