If you're here to find out more about gluten-free foundation, you've come to the right place! However, if you're hoping to learn how to contour your face into oblivion like a Kardashian, you might want to refine your search...
As I've mentioned in other posts, our skin is the biggest organ of our body and actively soaks up what we put on our bodies. For those of us with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and non-gluten sensitivity, gluten in makeup can wreak havoc on our skin.
BC (before celiac), I was lucky to have clear skin even in my hormonal teens. I might have had a blemish once a month despite raging hormones and teenage angst. Fast forward to being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005 (way into my adulthood), I've struggled with a variety of skin issues. I always thought it was my immune system being out of whack. I had random rashes on my body, "regular" blemishes and cystic acne. I saw my dermatologist, tried creams, lotions and medication, but my skin didn't improve.
As you know, I had an epiphany that my hair care was glutening my skin. So was my makeup doing the same?
As I began researching gluten-free cosmetics, I realized several things: 1) Deciphering ingredients in make up is 200% harder than food labels. 2) Gluten can be used in cosmetics as a binder or even as a "skin benefit" 3) I had no idea if the makeup I was using contained gluten. Welcome to my journey!
If you're wondering about gluten in cosmetics, be prepared to do some research. Read labels and contact the manufacturer. When in doubt, don't use it -- it's just not worth it! To lighten your load, I've listed several gluten-free foundation brands (in no particular order) as well as gluten-free face powders and gluten-free concealers.
But let's take a moment to focus on what's really important. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL inside and out!
Gluten-Free Liquid Foundation
Options abound when choosing a liquid foundation. Do you want light, medium or full coverage? A matte or a dewy look? Liquid foundation is super easy to apply and comes in a wide range of skin tones. The liquid consistency helps provide seamless application.
EVXO Liquid Foundation
This long lasting all day wear formula will accentuate your natural beauty. Organic liquid foundation that offers a smooth application with a dewy, non-greasy finish. Buildable coverage so you can keep your look light and natural or layer up to medium coverage to cover problem areas.
EVXO Foundations are free from gluten. They are certified organic with natural ingredients that don't clog pores. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.
Shimarz Liquid Foundation
This full coverage foundation provides flawless coverage. Easy to apply with a brush, sponge or fingertips.
Free from gluten, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, dyes, chemicals. Cruelty-Free. Vegan. 90% organic. Shimarz is a Network Business Partner with the “Campaign For Safe Cosmetics”.
BaeBlu Liquid Foundation
This botanical anti-aging formula blots excess oil and balances dry spots. Nourishing ingredients smooth out fine lines and leave skin gorgeous, never greasy.
Free from gluten, artificial dyes/fragrances, parabens, talc, phthatates, preservatives, pore-clogging ingredients. Cruelty-Free. Vegan. 88% Organic. 100% Natural.
Skin2Spirt Better'n Ur Skin Liquid Foundation
This buildable formula allows you to apply lightly for a light, natural looking coverage or layer on a little more for medium to full coverage. Never cakey. The color adjusting aloe-based formula offers beautiful, healthy coverage free of harsh chemicals.
Free from gluten, petroleum, phthalates, parabens, and toxins. Organic. Cruelty-Free. Vegan. 100% natural. 90% certified organic.
Gluten-Free Face Powder
Powders come in several options including pressed and loose. One benefit of powders is that the coverage is buildable. From a translucent powder to achieve a natural look to mattifying powders for oily skin, gluten-free face powders cater to our skin's needs wonderfully without gluten. Face powder can also be used to "set" your makeup after applying liquid foundation.
Afterglow Infused Mineral Foundation
Afterglow caters to women with very sensitive skin and bodies. That’s why their entire line also focuses on using certified organic ingredients and is certified gluten-free and soy-free.
Afterglow's cosmetics are made in a 100% certified gluten-free facility. This extra measure ensures there is no danger of cross-contamination between products.
Their "free-from" list is extensive. Here's a few in addition to being free from gluten & soy: mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, polybutene, polyisobutene, PEGs & talc.
Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder
Silky, triple-milled minerals offer buildable coverage to even skin tone and smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores for a naturally beautiful complexion and shine-free finish. Great for use on all skin types.
Free from gluten, parabens, artificial colors, fragrances, talc, and phthalates. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.
Hush + Dotti Pressed Mineral Foundation
This modern mineral formulation can be used with a brush for lightweight coverage. Layer on more for full coverage. The compact makes it perfect for taking with you when you are on the go. This nontoxic formula is lightweight and very long wearing. Your skin's appearance will be smooth and even all day long.
Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free. Free from toxins including talc, parabens, petroleum, GMOs & aluminum. Check out their "No Toxin - No BS" page for the extensive list. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.
Thicker than foundations, concealer is used to camouflage uneven skin tones, annoying blemishes, age spots, acne scars, and dark circles (whether you inherited them or have them due to pulling an all-nighter). A light hand in applying gluten-free concealers is important to avoid the caked on look. Also keep in mind that concealers can settle into fine lines on "mature skin". Apply your gluten-free foundation first and then touch up with concealer if necessary.
Lavera Natural Cover Stick
Semi-solid texture like a lipstick with a thick, creamy texture that provides moderate to full coverage. It’s designed to cover a multitude of skin imperfections. Contains organic witch hazel to help prevent further skin inflammation.
Free from gluten, parabens, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrance & colors and petrolatum. See website product page for full "free from" list.
An all in one concealer that is natural, organic and healthy for your skin. Wake up tired eyes and hide blemishes with this highly pigmented full coverage creamy concealer. Works perfectly underneath or on top of foundation and lasts all day.
Free from gluten, artificial dyes/fragrances, parabens, talc, phthatates. Cruelty-Free. Vegan. 88% Organic. 100% Natural.
EccoBella FlowerColor Cover Up
FlowerColor Natural Cover Up is easy on the skin, non-greasy offering superb coverage. Glides on easily to cover dark circles and other imperfections with mistake-proof color. This natural concealer is perfect for sensitive skin.
Free from gluten, dairy, chemicals, and fragrances. Cruelty-Free. Vegan.
What's your gluten-free makeup routine? Do you prefer liquid foundation or powder (or a beautiful bare face)? Share with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below!