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9 Gluten-Free Makeup and Beauty Brands

Allergic to wheat? You may have to give up entire food groups, but you don't have to give up your beauty products
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When you're Paleo or celiac beauty junkie, sure, you care a ton about just how much length your mascara gives you, but you also worry about whether your makeup is gluten-free. According to the Gluten Intolerance Group, an estimated one in 133 people in the U.S. have celiac disease, requiring those individuals to stay gluten-free -- in all aspects.

Traditionally, gluten sensitivities were an issue when it came to diet only, but for some, the sensitivity has them cutting out more than just pasta and bread. "The main concern for those who are gluten intolerant has to do with the oral ingestion of makeup products," says Whitney Bowe, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and assistant medical director of Laser & Cosmetic Services at Advanced Dermatology. "While it varies from person to person, some people are extremely sensitive to gluten and can see a reaction from the smallest ingestion of gluten particles, such as those found in lipstick or toothpaste."

While some scoff at the gluten-free beauty trend as being just another marketing scheme, Bowe says there are legitimate reasons for the gluten-intolerant to use gluten-free makeup. However, products with gluten are not as detrimental as they're made out to be. "Gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin, so lotions and shampoos are most likely not going to have any negative effects," Bowe says. Lip balms and lipsticks, however, are a different story. "Those can be ingested, react with the gut and create symptoms for the gluten-intolerant.," she explains.

Still, it's all about what you're comfortable with. While you should always read the labels of your beauty products carefully, we admit they're not always easy to navigate. To take away the guesswork, we sought out the beauty and makeup brands that are 100 percent gluten-free, and completely safe for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. The best part? Many of the brands are also free of parabens and toxins, certified organic and do not test on animals. While you may have to compromise your diet, you shouldn't have to compromise your beauty routine. Here are the 9 gluten-free makeup brands you definitely want to check out.

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AfterGlow
When the Gluten-Free Certification Organization certifies you, you know you're a legitimate gluten-free beauty brand. Kristin Adams, the founder of AfterGlow, decided to make her brand 100 percent gluten-free when her mother and sister (who both have celiac disease) struggled to find cosmetics that worked for their gluten sensitivities. As a result, AfterGlow was born. Plus, everything is manufactured in a gluten-free facility, ensuring that even the most gluten-sensitive are in the clear.

Hero product: If there's one product users can't stop raving about, it's the makeup brand's skin transforming Organic Infused Foundation, $36. One consumer said the product helped clear up her acne, while hundreds of others couldn't stop gushing about their "perfect complexion." The SPF 20 foundation nourishes your skin with organic botanicals and vitamins, and leaves skin soft and glowing for a gorgeous finish.

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Ecco Bella
What started as an activist company protesting animal testing has now turned into an all-green, certified organic beauty brand. With a love for the environment and care for the well-being of its gluten-sensitive customers, Ecco Bella does not contain any gluten or wheat proteins in any of their products. Even if you suffer from celiac disease, everything from their skin care line to makeup products is completely safe for use.

Hero product: If you have sensitive eyes, or simply want to bat your flirtatious lashes, then the all natural Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara, $19.95, is for you. While the mascara isn't waterproof, it does hold up against humidity and light rainy drizzles, while giving you volume and length. What's even better? The brand cut out harmful ingredients like lacquer, shellac and alcohol, and replaced them with earthy ingredients like natural clay and flower wax coated in iron oxides.

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Gabriel Cosmetics
When it comes to Gabriel Cosmetics, they have some strict gluten-free standards. So strict in fact, that they've made their entire line gluten-free -- and you can rest assured they're held accountable by the best of the best. The brand is certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group, which according to their website, "thoroughly inspects the brand's quality, integrity and purity of the products" from warehouse to market. To make you swoon even more, the brand caters to the gluten-free needs of beauties everywhere in skin care, makeup and kids products.

Hero product: If you want a nice, natural glow (minus the cake face), then we suggest reaching for Gabriel Cosmetics Dual Powder Foundation. Due to its plant-based formula, the matte foundation doesn't cause breakouts or irritation to sensitive skin, and will leave your skin looking velvety smooth.

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Lily LoLo
This gluten-free and all-natural makeup-only brand is all about keeping their products pure (no matter what your skin sensitivities). Not only are all of their products free of gluten, but they also exclude parabens, synthetic perfumes and dyes. Not to mention they don't test on Thumper -- which we love.

Hero product: For the gluten-free beauty junkies who are obsessed with Urban Decay's eye shadow palettes (we are too), we've got another palette that will give you a run for your money in terms of highly pigmented shadows, minus the wheat. Perfect for day or night, the Lily LoLo Laid Bare Eye Palette is everything you could want for a sweet or sultry look. The shadow is super pigmented, lasts all day and is diverse enough to create several looks. What more could you want?

BY JESSICA AMARIS | JUL 7, 2016 | SHARES
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