Welcome the GFMG Gluten Free Makeup List! The biggest collection of gluten free makeup, skincare, hair care and body care on the internet!

Navigating the conflicting world of gluten free makeup can be a real challenge. With no regulations setting the standard for gluten free makeup, no two companies mean the same thing when they claim their products are “gluten free”. Do they really mean “gluten free”? Or do they mean “oh, it’s only a tiny bit of gluten that can’t hurt you”. If you have reactions to topical gluten, or are a Celiac looking to minimize your exposure to gluten, this can be a very dangerous issue. Who can you trust to tell the truth?

Fortunately, after tons of calling, emailing, social media bugging and research, I’ve built quite a collection of safely gluten free makeup, skin care, hair care and body care products. I set high standards and grill companies mercilessly to ensure that their products are as safe as possible.

As always, this list will be constantly updated with new/departing brands.

List of Gluten-Free Brands

I’ve divided the list into 2 categories.

  • Strictly Gluten-Free: These are brands for extremely sensitive folk, where the products and the facility are all gluten-free.
  • Formulated without Gluten: These are for the less sensitive folk where no gluten ingredients are used, but there may be contamination in the facility. (Read below on why I’m including companies that fall into this category)

Pick whichever category fits you best and roll from there.

Strictly Gluten-Free (for the Extremely Sensitive)

Makeup

Skincare

Haircare

Body and Bath

Formulated Without Gluten (for the Less Sensitive)

Makeup

Skincare

Hair Care

Bath & Body

Why On Earth Is There Gluten In Makeup?

Gluten could be here…

Unlike most gluten foods like bread, most makeup products are not based on wheat, barley or rye products. They are typically added as a supplement to base ingredients. Why?

Texture.

Just like in food, gluten-based additives are used as binders, for additional moisture and to beef up the nutrition. Wheat ingredients are cheap and easy to come by. Some of them (like wheat germ oil) have actually been found to be good for skin.
Well. Good for most people.

Do I Need Gluten Free Makeup?

That depends on your level of sensitivity. Both Celiac and Gluten Intolerant people can have reactions to topical gluten. In 2014 I ran the largest survey to date of people who actively seek out gluten free cosmetics. The results?

  • 53% avoided topical gluten because they had reactions to it.
  • 28% avoided it out of cross-contamination concerns.
  • 10% chose “Other”, and left comments to explain their reasons.
  • 9% avoided it because their doctors told them to.

For those with reactions to gluten on their skin, their symptoms were diverse. However the most common included:

  • Rashes
  • Burning, Watery  and/or Swollen eyes
  • Hair loss
  • Vertigo
  • Internal “Like I’ve been Glutened” symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Hives

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms and haven’t been able to trace it to food, then it’s possible you are sensitive to topical gluten. In that case, making sure all your makeup is gluten free is crucial.

However, even if you don’t suffer from any of the above symptoms, if you are internally sensitive it may be wise to avoid gluten in any makeup or skin care that may be injested.

Lipstick? Lip gloss? Lip balm? All of them. Make sure it’s gluten free.

Why are companies that may be processed with gluten are included in the list?

Well, 2 years ago when I took a survey of you, my readers, about 60% of you told me you didn’t mind your makeup having potential cross-contamination.

And now, after a whirlwind of illness and then sudden crazy healing, I’m personally less topically sensitive to gluten too.

DON’T WORRY: The companies are carefully separated.

I hope this list has made it easier for you to find gluten-free makeup. I’ll be updating this list as I hear back from companies, so keep an eye out for that as well. Feel free to list some of your favorites in the comments!

Looking for different gluten-free makeup guides? I also have them for Sephora and Ulta.