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Gluten intolerance doesn't mean you have to skimp on a pretty face. If you have a wheat or gluten allergy or intolerance, cosmetics that are gluten-free might be crucial to your health, but they're widely available if you know where to look. Plenty of reputable brands know that what you put on your skin ends up in your bloodstream. Always check the labels and call the brand's customer service if you have questions, but shop with confidence that your face can reflect how good your healthy body feels.
Afterglow Cosmetics is great for gluten-free gals because it sources its vitamin E from organic cotton seed oil or organic olive oil, instead of from wheat germ, like most traditional cosmetic companies. The line has a full range of powders and lip cosmetics but remembers the practical part of makeup, too -- the brushes! Afterglow brushes are totally vegan and dust your makeup on with soft fibers made of taklon, a protein-free polyester.
Ecco Bella is a beautiful bet for a natural palette. The cosmetic and fragrance brand likes a natural look and offers pointers on its site to get a romantic, healthy glow with its gluten-free products. Even more romantic -- the line is made from flower waxes, mixed with minerals, and the color stories are all floral-inspired! Looking pretty, smelling lovely, and staying healthy? Now that's beauty!
Bare Minerals shows a serious commitment to gluten-free products. Its site lists the full range of cosmetics that are devoid of wheat, rye, barley, oat or ingredients derived from any of them -- and the options are awesome. Glittery, shimmery fun still matters at Bare Minerals even when you're watching what goes on your skin. They even have a gluten-free makeup remover, so you can play around with different looks without washing off your full face before you go out.
Gluten Free Beauty
Gluten Free Beauty makes its case upfront. This cosmetic line, based in Asheville, N.C., may be a little smaller than the others, but it's received handwritten praise from the likes of actress, producer and mother, Courteney Cox. Gluten Free Beauty goes above and beyond the usual pretty-face stuff with a skincare line that focuses on everything you need for a fresh face, including anti-aging and anti-redness treatments.