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Mainstream Gluten-Free Makeup Does Exist!

Updated on May 7, 2014

Gluten-Free Isn't So Easy

When I first went gluten-free 3 years after discovering that I suffer from celiac disease, it wasn't the food that I was overly concerned about. There is plenty of gluten-free food available now in most grocery stores, and a lot of it is clearly labelled as such. What I had a harder time dealing with was avoiding makeup that contained the dangerous ingredient. The cosmetics industry is regulated differently than the food industry, so they don't clearly label gluten on their ingredients list like they do with food. This makes it difficult to find out which brands we can use, and which ones we have to avoid.

Another concern I had was that I didn't want to have to buy my makeup online from an organic cosmetics company. I wanted to buy my makeup in regular stores that everyone else shop at. So I went about doing some research about which mainstream makeup brands are gluten free, and have compiled a list of some of them here. Hopefully this saves some other women the trouble of having to discover all of this on their own.


NARS

I had never tried NARS products before going gluten-free, but now I'm so glad that I have, as they're now my favourite makeup brand. All NARS products are gluten-free, including all makeup, skincare, and nail polish. This certainly makes it simple for us gluten-free girls, as you can walk up to a NARS counter and literally pick up anything you want without having to worry about reading the ingredients list (such a pain).

With a large range of colours and products in amazing formulations and consistencies, NARS makeup is probably one of the best makeup brands out there (at least in my opinion). NARS products are certainly not cheap (ex. $45 for foundation), but so is every other gluten-free product out there. Trust me, it's worth the money, not just for the fabulous products you'll get to use, but also for the peace of mind.

MAC

I was extremely happy to find out that some MAC products are gluten-free, as it made up most of the makeup I used pre-celiac diagnosis. However, not all MAC products are safe, so you need to be careful.

Starting with the bad news, every finish of lipgloss except Lipglass contains gluten. The Amplified and Cremesheen lipsticks are also a no-go. In terms of eye products, the mascara, Veluxe and Veluxe Pearl eyeshadows, as well as the Satin eyeshadows contain gluten. The powder blush Studio Finish concealer are also not safe.

Now for some good news! All other lipstick and eyeshadow finishes are safe to use (most of them, thank god), and Lipglass is safe too. As far as I know, all eyeliner pencils are fine, and so is Fluidline.

If you have concerns about the ingredients in any MAC products, you can just send them an email and them whether the specific product is gluten-free. They will email you back with a list of all possible allergens in the product, including, wheat, barley, corn, soy, and more.

Cover FX

Literally every single Cover FX product is gluten-free. Everything. Need I say more? Cover FX focuses on face products, including foundation, concealer, primer, and bronzer, so if you're looking for any of the above, this is a good company to look into. I personally use the cream foundation as a concealer, and it works amazingly.

Probably the best thing about this brand though is that it's available in both Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart, so it's easily accessible if you need to replace a product quickly. Once again, it's pretty expensive ($42 for the cream foundation), but it's worth the extra cash.

Urban Decay

This is probably the most exciting piece of information for those women that really love makeup: the infamous Naked palettes are all gluten-free! Now you go buy one of the most popular makeup products out there and use it without worries. It's also the perfect product to buy if you hate having tons of little eyeshadow pots floating around your makeup bag.

Here's some more exciting news: all Urban Decay eyeshadows are gluten-free, as well as some of their other limited edition palettes. Their Heavy Metal glitter eyeliners are also safe, but the 24/7 eye pencils that come with a lot of their palettes are not. All 3 makeup setting sprays (De-Slick, All Nighter, and Chill) are also ok.

If there are any Urban Decay products you're concerned about, just send them an email and they will send you a spreadsheet that contains all of their products and whether or not they contain gluten.

Too Faced

This is a brand that I'm really glad I discovered, as their makeup is so much fun, from the bright colours to the packaging. All but one Too Faced product is gluten-free, and that is the Borderline Lip Pencil. Even the mascara is gluten-free, which is amazing seeing as that's the hardest makeup product to find a replacement for.

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      Hola 2 years ago

      Hey just to let you know their lipsticks are off the list now as they contain wheat, I'm so glad i checked because I almost risked buying one because everyone keeps saying their stuff is all GF except that lip pencil. Just a heads up :) buyer beware! :( I'm so incredibly sad. They looked beautiful. :(

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      JJ 2 years ago

      NARS also changed their GF policy:

      Many of our products do not contain ingredients derived from barley, oats, rye, spelt or wheat, which are commonly known sources of gluten. However, due to the wide range of raw materials and equipment used during the manufacturing of our products, we cannot confirm that our products are free from any traces of gluten. If you have specific questions or concerns regarding gluten, and the ingredients contained in our formulas, we recommend that you consult your physician.

      MAC Cosmetics: Despite some products are GF, not all products are GF there will be Cross Contamination.

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