5 Gluten Free Mascaras Every Gal Should Try

If you could only have one gluten free makeup product, what would it be?

Every time I've asked this question, the overwhelming majority answer gluten free mascara.

If that's you, then this is your article.

This all-important item of cosmetics is a real pain to find gluten free. Traditionally, mascara depends on wheat-derived ingredients to give it that extra oomph and wow. Or if it's not quite such a volumizing mascara, wheat-derived ingredients may be used to add to it's silky texture.

But even after you find a gluten free mascara, you've got one more problem to surmount.

It's hard to find a good one.

I've seen it all by now. Sticky, clumpy, flaky, smeary, itchy, washes away upon the faintest hint of water, you name it. The world of gluten free mascara can be like navigating in a swamp of black tears.


Don't navigate the swamp alone. If you need gluten free mascara, try the ones below!


Gabriel Cosmetics' Zuzu Luxe Mascara - $16.70

Unique to the gluten free mascara world, this mascara offers several colors: The usual Black and Brown, but also Navy and Clear. Wouldn’t it be fun to get the black, paint your lashes, then dab the navy on the ends? This mascara is touted to be lengthening.

This mascara also is the one you have the best chance of finding in stores. Check Whole Foods, or any other local health food store. They just might have it!


Mirabella's Lash Essential Mascara - $22

I've seldom run across a mascara as buildable as this one. It has a rubbery texture I'm not used to that is tacky for a little while after application. But when it finally dries it is super smooth to look at, no clumps or harshness. It layers and layers and layers with ease.

Mostly, this gluten free mascara adds length. However it isn't too shabby at volume either.


Afterglow's Pure Soul Mascara- $24

​Afterglow is an amazing company. Recently certified gluten free, they maintain a high quality product line while making it easy to shop on their website.

While I have not yet tried it myself, I've heard many good things about Afterglow's Mascara!


Honeybee Gardens' Mascara - $9.50

I love this mascara. It’s buildable, not clumpy and light feeling. It does takes a few seconds to dry and it pretty sticky until then, but after the initial drying process there is no problem.  It doesn’t give super oomph, but that’s part of the reason why it’s so light and gentle. The end result is very natural looking, with great definition and a silky look.


Red Apple Lipstick's The Lash Project - $37

The newest edition to the gluten free makeup world is this one right here. Red Apple has a track history of being an excellent company, but will their mascara follow the tradition?

I've only just started playing with the mascara and love it thus far. However the reviews across the internet are raving. So it looks like my initial impression is a pretty safe bet!

This mascara is not extreme on either volume or lengthening, but it does have a lovely texture and all-day stay.

So there 'ya have it!

There are of course dozens other mascaras out there, but out of all of them, these are the top 5 to try.

Have you tried any of these mascaras? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • sherri

    Thank you SO much for this list. I’ve tried After Glow Cosmetic’s Pure Soul mascara. It’s great for those that want a very natural look. It doesn’t clump or flake. However, I want a little more oomph in my mascara but I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it (Afterglow is now more expensive than what you have listed, that’s a LOT for just a mascara + shipping). I’m going to try Zuzu Luxe and see how it turns out 🙂

    • You’re very welcome!

      Oh dear, MORE expensive? Ugh… I’ll change the price then. Thank you! And let me know how you like Zuzu Luxe!

  • Oh wow! THANK YOU Sherri for the detailed review! Now I’m really excited to try Zuzu Luxe mascara for myself. It sounds AWESOME! Lengthening AND thickening, plus being super gentle to eyes and to pocketbook. So much win in a gluten free mascara. <3 Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna go get myself some Zuzu Luxe mascara as soon as possible now. lol

  • Hey Jenny, I’m so glad to hear that Tarte is working well for you! Thanks for the recommendation!

    I would like to point out that some people may have issues with it because Tarte’s gluten free stance is that they do not formulate with gluten, but have no control over cross contamination issues from other products manufactured in the same facility.

    But I’m super excited to hear that you’ve been able to use it Jenny! I’ve heard soooo many good things about Tarte and am delighted to keep hearing more. 😀

  • Astra

    Hi thank you so much for posting this list! I just have a quick question: how water resistant are these mascaras?

    • Unfortunately, none of these mascaras are particularly water resistant. I have yet to find a gluten free and waterproof mascara. But I am still hopeful! 😉

  • ekpara

    I think that findling a gluten free mascara that works is highly individual. Zuzu Luxe did not work for me. While it did go on easily and was fairly non-clumping it was not smudge proof and did make my eyes itch. I’m still searching for a product that works which can be an expensive venture.

    • I totally agree that mascara preferences are individual. I haven’t tried the Zuzu Luxe mascara, so thank you for the review! I have heard from a few people who liked it, but I’m very sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. Ouch. Itchy eyes are no joke…

      Finding the right product can be terribly expensive. I hope you find one that works for you soon! Soon and without having to go through too many products. Ha.

  • Nanny Nunu

    Holy high prices, Batman! As if eating gluten free isn’t pricey enough, now I have to spend extra $$$ on my makeup? Fortunately, I just use a tinted moisturizer on my face (can’t stand the heaviness of actual foundation) – Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Aging – and the ingredients don’t make the “bad” list. However, have realized that my mascara must be the issue (and has been for years probably), as I am usually dabbing at my eyes at some point in the day. However, at these prices I believe my little bit of eyeliner will have to do for eye enhancement. Perhaps when I finally get a job that pays me what I am sure I am WORTH, I will change my mind (ha!). Thanks for this though. Navigating this new life (that I apparently should have been doing for YEARS) is going to take some time and some trial and error.

    • It’s soooo true that gluten free makeup can be expensive. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE for inexpensive makeup, but it’s hard to find! Here’s a post I wrote that’s all about gluten free makeup under $15- http://www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com/featured/10-gluten-free-cosmetics-under-15 There’s a good mascara on there too!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment! I hope that when you’re able to switch to gluten free cosmetics, your eyes will find relief. Navigating this new life can be a challenge, but the gluten free community is one of the kindest and tightest-knit I’ve ever seen. Good luck! And please always feel free to come back and ask whatever questions you have. 🙂

  • collegeMomOf5

    What about Younique? I was told that they are gluten free. They are expensive but I their mascara as a gift and love it. Not sure if anyone else had a problem with it.

    • I spoke to the company and they would not give me any specifics on their gluten policies. In fact, they told me it was “a secret”. If you’ve used them without issue, I’m happy to hear it! But at this point, I have no idea what they mean when they say “gluten free”. Thus I won’t recommend them.