A girl’s got to have options! Makeup was an area of concern that I set aside when I was first diagnosed. It’s just too overwhelming to think about all your personal care items AND everything you eat! Since then, I’ve sourced friends, researched companies and purchased oodles of wasted products. Finally I found a group of product lines I enjoy and trust for their consideration of gluten contamination.
How strict am I? Here’s the items I use that are labeled gluten-free:
Easily Ingestible – If it’s easily ingestible it should be labeled gluten-free. Easily ingestible to me means a powder floating in the air that is inhaled and then.. ingested. These particles take the same path as food! This includes:
- Powder Base
- Loose Powder
- Eyeshadow/Brow Powder
Lip Products – Did you ever wonder what happened to lipstick that fades? Yep. You eat it. Studies have show the average woman eats 4-7 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. 😳 Lip Products include:
- Lip stick
- Lip balm
- Lip liner
- Lip gloss
Liquid Products – If it’s liquid that I apply with my hands (that I then later eat with) it should also be labeled gluten-free. This includes:
- Liquid Foundation
- Cream Blush
- Eyeshadow Base/Primers
If it’s not in powder form and I don’t apply with my hands, I buy whatever I think works best – mascara, eyeliner. No gluten ingredients and that’s good enough for me.
For Face: Love the ZUZU Luxe liquid foundation! Great coverage and certified GF! Their powder foundation is great for daytime use, provides great coverage and a beautiful finish. I use Mineral Fusion’s bronzer on the cheekbones – especially in Nebraska winters!
For Eyes – I’ve always used these two mainstays – L’oreal mascara and L’oreal liquid eyeliner. Both reasonably priced and work great. Again, I’ve often been disappointed in switching it up! Bonus is that they are Target mainstays and affordable! Eye shadow tends to get all over, so I stick with a trusted brand, like ZUZU or Mineral Fusion.
For Lips – ZUZU takes the cake here. I love their lipliner and lip gloss. Mineral Fusion Lip tint is also great. SoftLips seems to be the best lip balm labeled GF. I tried EOS for awhile and got a bad reaction. Dry and peeling lips. After discussing with my dermatologist friend apparently they are WELL KNOWN for this problem. One class action lawsuit later… My son and daughter also experienced the reaction from EOS lip balm. Just because its labeled GF certainly doesn’t make it perfect!
Hoping this post helps those of you out there that are looking for the right products to keep you healthy and looking fab at the same time!