Celiac-Friendly Cosmetics

When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, it seemed as though gluten was lurking absolutely everywhere. I found myself obsessively reading nutrition labels, menu fine print, and reviews and discussion panels for every item that touched my body. It was exhausting.

The biggest struggle, though, was finding cosmetics that were celiac-friendly, worked with my rosacea, and were budget-friendly. It took me months and months of research and cold calling companies before I finally found my current go-to products.

Whether you are recently diagnosed with celiac, have gluten sensitivity, or are just looking for some new cosmetic options, here are a few of my favorite cosmetics. There are many more on the market (in varying price ranges), but these are my personal favorites.

Foundation

Image shows a tube of Ecco Bella foundation, and links to Ecco Bella website.
A small tube of foundation makeup with black cap is set against white background. The top of the bottle reads, in large black font, “E-B,” and “Ecco Bella,” in slightly smaller font beneath. Beneath this, we read “Flower Color” in small black font. At the center of the tube, we read “Natural Foundation.” Beneath that, the color is identified as “Natural,” and the bottle is labeled with 1 fluid ounce or 30 milliliter size.

This product from Ecco Bella has become my daily foundation. It is gluten free, vegan, and organic. It comes in a range of shades and colors. The coverage is lightweight and smooth, but manages to even out the redness of my rosacea. Plus, a little bit goes a long way, so I get several months out of each bottle!

Image shows Physician's Formula open compact, with link to Target website.
A bright blue round makeup compact has lid open to show swirled pattern in pressed powder. The powder appears in a medium skin tone, and the compact sits on a white background.

To eliminate that shine and set my foundation, I’ve come to love this powder from Physician’s Formula. I reached out to the company, and they verified that this product is gluten free. I’ve been using it for two years, and have never had a problem. And it is far more affordable than many of the pressed powders out there!

Lip Color

Image shows Burt's Bees Daisy lip tint, and links to Burt's Bees website.
A close-up of Burt’s Bees lip tint tube in maroon red color with black background label sits against a white background. In sideways large white font along side of tube, we read “Burt’s Bees.” Beneath this, in smaller white font, we read, “Tinted lip balm” above.” Barely visible beneath this, we see in red font the word, “Daisy.” The cap on the tube is maroon in color, with black twistable base.

For my daily make-up routine, I usually apply this lip tint by Burt’s Bees. It provides just a little color without being too dramatic, and it’s great for moisturizing my lips. Burt’s Bees can’t guarantee that all of their products are celiac-safe, so I would definitely use caution. But I’ve never had an issue with this particular lip tint.

Image shows a package of four differently-colored lip tints, and links to Sky Organics website.
A package of four lip tint lip balm tubes is set against light peach colored background. The packaging is bright green and white. At the top of the packaging, in lime green writing, “Sky Organics. The “O” is in the shape of a globe, with leaves sprouting from the “G.” Beneath in black font, “Tinted Lip Balms.” Four lip tints are shown in the packaging, a soft champagne, light peach, plum red, and deep purplish maroon.

Another great option for just a little lip color in your daily routine is Sky Organics. Their products are gluten free, cruelty free, made from responsibly sourced materials, and affordable. If you like to change up your color like I do, this four-pack is a nice way to get variety at a reasonable price.

Image shows a set of four Eos lip balm tubes, and links to Evolution of Smooth site.
A set of four Eos lip balm tubes is seen against a beige background. The tubes, from left to right, are light green, light pink, beige, and bright orange. Stamped onto each tube in an oval stamped shape, we read, “E-O-S.”

For keeping my lips moist and healthy, I can’t do much better than Eos lip balm. Their ingredients are organic and gluten free, and they come in multi-packs that are affordable, with great flavors. I have an Eos lip balm in just about every room of the house for emergency use!

Image shows Burt's Bees lipstick in maroon red shade, and links to Burt's Bees website.
A tube of Burt’s Bees lipstick in deep red shown against a white background. The tube is square shaped and long and narrow, with matte black cap. We see the lip tint visible through the clear sides of the tube. Viewed sideways, we read in white block font, “Burt’s Bees.” In small font beneath this, we read, “Liquid Lipstick,” a small white bee shape, and the words, “Rouge a Levres Liquide” (in French).

This glossy lipstick from Burt’s Bees is perfect for special occasions and for dressing up a little. It’s easy to apply and the liquid is moisturizing. The color is very saturated, and stunning. Again, not all Burt’s Bees products are celiac-friendly, but this one has been very good to me.

Image shows Covergirl Outlast Lip color tubes in coral color, with link to Rite Aid website.
Three tubes of lipstick are shown side by side on a white background. The first tube is solid white with silver band, and a white lip gloss pictured with angled top. The word “Covergirl” Next to this, we see a tube of coral lip color with long white cap and silver band, also imprinted with “Covergirl.” The tube on the far right shows the cap removed from the colored lipstick, and we see the white cap, silver band, and a wand applicator with tip covered in coral lip tint.

For really high drama, I love Covergirl’s Outlast All Day lip color. Most of Covergirl’s products are not considered celiac-friendly, and I did a lot of research and finger crossing before taking a chance on this particular product. So far, I haven’t had any issues. The color is very intense, so this isn’t one that I use often. But it’s stunning when I use it, and I haven’t had any problems at all.

Blush

Image shows compact of pink E.L.F. blush powder, and links to E.L.F. Cosmetics website.
A black round blush compact is open to reveal pink colored pressed powder. Lid has circle of clear plastic barely visible with “E-L-F” written in black block lettering on the plastic.

My everyday blush is this product from e.l.f. I actually spoke with the company directly, and they confirmed that this blush was gluten free. The majority of their products are actually celiac-friendly, and their prices are hard to beat! I use their eyeliner, as well, and I’ve used their mascara in the past with great success.

Eye Make-Up

Image shows black retractable eyeliner pencil by E.L.F., and links to E.L.F. Cosmetics website.
We see a long thin black eyeliner pencil with retractable tip on white background. Sideways along end of pencil, we see in white bold lettering, “E-L-F.” A slender black cap sits at an angle to the tip of the pencil.

Simple, effective, and affordable. In all honesty, I don’t want to have to overthink eyeliner, and this is about as easy as it gets. Again, most of e.l.f.’s products are gluten-free, and they’re extremely affordable.

Image shows Physician's Formula organic mascara vial with leaf-shaped cap, and links to Physician's Formula website.
A vial of mascara is opened with cap lying parallel to tube. Vial is off-white in color with light green shading at bottom of tube. Seen sideways along the bottle, in all caps black lettering, “Physician’s Formula.” Beneath in sage green block with white lettering, “Organic Wear.” Under this, in smallest black font “Natural Origin Mascara” with smaller subscript, “With olive extract.” The cap is shown detached from the bottle, with mascara brush facing upward. The top of the cap is shaped like a slightly curved leaf coming to a point, and shaded with the same light green as the base.

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s clumpy mascara. Ugh! This product from Physician’s Formula has been fantastic. I often find it for a reasonable price, it goes on evenly without clumps, and it lasts me forever. Plus, thanks to some kind of organic formula magic, it doesn’t smudge or run when I wear it, but washes off easily when I wash my face at night. I can’t recommend this mascara enough.

Lotions and Creams

Image shows pump bottle of Alaffia everyday lavendar lotion, and links to Target website.
A bottle of Alaffia lotion has a label of bright purple in color with golden yellow band at bottom. Pump handle is bright yellow also. In geometric-shaped black font, “Alaffia” at top of label, with small diamond shape in yellow beneath this. In large white block font at center of label, we “Everyday Shea,” with “Body Lotion” in smaller gray lettering set in a black block. Near the bottom of the label in small white font underlined in yellow, we read “Lavendar.” Three rows of small white dots and a dark people leaf shape are visible at bottom right of label. Additional wording is seen at bottom edge of label, but is illegible in the photo.

Oh, man, this lotion… I have to give a disclaimer that if you don’t particularly like the smell of essential oils, you may not like this one. However, this lotion is light, smooth, moisturizing, and extremely affordable. It lasts me several months. I am a sucker for a product that gives back, and this company does just that. Every purchase supports community development in underserved areas in Africa. It is gluten free, cruelty free, and organic. And it’s light enough that I can apply it immediately before applying make-up with no smudges or weird streaks.

Image shows large bottle of Curel Ultra Healing lotion and links to Target website.
A large white pump bottle of hand lotion is seen on white background, with silver-colored pump. Across the top of the bottle in large black letters, “Curel.” Beneath this we see a silver pharmaceutical-like logo caduceus set in a silver circle, with “Dermatologist Recommended” in small black font beneath. A wide angled swooping stripe with large white wording, “Ultra Healing,” and “Intensive Lotion for Extra-Dry Tight Skin” in smaller font are beneath. A silver shield-shaped logo with three crosses and wide silver stripe separate the red band from a light gray band. Small black writing in the gray band reads, “Helps repair extra-dry skin 2 times better” and “Helps repair moisture barrier with advanced ceramide complex.” Beneath this, “20 fluid ounces” and “591 milliliters.”

Sometimes the best products are the simple ones. While this brand, and even this product, are not specifically classified as gluten free, I did a lot of research before using this one. This was my go-to lotion pre-diagnosis, and it worked better than anything else I had tried for healing my hands (especially when I was working as a nurse). From everything I could discover, the lotion didn’t contain any gluten and was not manufactured on machinery that processed gluten, so I took a chance. I am careful to wash my hands before eating, but even when I’ve forgotten, I’ve never had an issue. This lotion is also non-comedogenic, so I’ve used it on dry patches on my face at times when my rosacea is especially bad. It’s just a great all-around lotion!

One response to “Celiac-Friendly Cosmetics”

  1. […] My makeup routine is minimal on any day, but on flare days I simplify it even more. If I’m home all day, I skip makeup altogether. But if I need to make myself presentable, I keep it simple: a little lip tint, a little mascara, and a touch of blush. I find on my sickest days I tend to look even paler than normal, so adding a little color brings my face to life (even if I feel a little lifeless myself). […]

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