Gluten-free makeup has taken healthy living trends too far

What even is gluten


Picture this: you wake up in the morning, eat your cereal (with almond milk), get changed (into sports leggings and a gym top) and prepare for another day of slaying while Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ plays softly in the background (causing you to panic about a boyfriend you don’t have cheating on you).

What’s missing? Obviously you’re in need of some gluten free makeup.

Well, panic over. Disaster averted. Deep breaths. You’re going to be okay, because gluten free makeup is a thing now.

Even though experts believe gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin, if you are worried that you might accidentally swallow some of your makeup, then gluten free makeup is the way forward.

An increasing number of cosmetic brands are introducing gluten free products, such as Red Apple lipsticks which are gluten free, allergen free and vegan. What more could you want.

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Red Apple lipsticks

We asked girls what they think about gluten free makeup, and if they’d consider using it.

Micaela Rae, student, New York

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“I have never heard of gluten free makeup, even though I’m gluten free. I didn’t even know makeup brands added glutenous ingredients to their makeup, so if I have been using those brands, then it has not been affecting my health. I have never researched it.

“I think it is important for people to know, now that I think about it because gluten causes eczema, acne, and skin irritation. Therefore, it could be an important thing to research.”

Daisy Bernard, fashion journalist, London

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I don’t really get it to be honest, surely people don’t eat their makeup? It’s probably some marketing thing, like they think people will blindly buy it because it’s got the word ‘gluten-free’ in.”

Masha Angelova, student, New York

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“I guess if there are significant benefits to using gluten free makeup versus non-gluten free makeup then perhaps I would, but the majority of the brands I use aren’t gluten free and I know they might have a few more chemicals or whatever but I go for quality of the product versus what they have in it because nothing you put on your face is going to be good for you.”

Chloe Cole, student, Bristol

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“I’m not bothered about whether makeup is gluten free or not personally, but if it’s good quality and comes in nice shades then I’d be willing to try it. Plus if it means that more people can experiment with cosmetics then it’s definitely a good thing!”