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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!