In My Makeup Kit: No Longer Reliant on the Kindness of Strangers

Anyone who’s been following my Twitter feeds this past week or so, knows that I’m crazy about my new Züca bag, and today I’m going to tell you why.

Carting a suitcase full of makeup all over town goes with the territory of being a makeup artist, especially in London where you need to be prepared for pretty much anything. But when it weighs about two thirds of what you do it can get a bit out of control, and eventually the inevitable happened and my overburdened body gave out and I ended up at the doctor’s. Months later after my ligament injury I am finally recovering, but I’ve had to seriously re-assess my work life. Enter Züca.

Designed by an engineer for a daughter with a back problem (due to carting around too many school books – I’ve been there, too!), it’s a simple idea – a bag with a seat.

A seat I tell you! So no matter where the studio, the location, the train, whether I’m waiting outside a Winnebago whilst the star is getting dressed, or in a field all day watching the shot on location, I can sit down if I want to. Already I’m sold!

It also has special square mesh bags that maximize the space available. Because they’re flat and zip open, you can stack them in the bag, put them out on your work surface and away you go. I separate different areas with smaller bags inside, and it makes unpacking and re-packing super easy. Zuca Bag and its individual pouches

Then there’s the wheels that you can push up and DOWN stairs, since it pushes forward as well as it rolls backward, and I no longer have to heave the whole darn thing up when I reach a flight of stairs (and anyone who’s worked anywhere in East London knows just how many steps there can sometimes be!)

It’s not a huge bag, but now I’ve decanted everything, it doesn’t need to be. And really I’d rather be a bit more organized with a LOT less stuff, and still have a body that can do makeup for years to come.

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4 Replies to “In My Makeup Kit: No Longer Reliant on the Kindness of Strangers”

  1. I bought this bag a couple of months ago and I LOVE it! I bought the Sport version which comes without the pouches, then bought the pouches separately. The whole thing is so well thought out. Useful pockets on the outside, a little pocket at the top for hairdryer on the inside. The pouches are really, really useful and work like drawers when they’re in the bag. Wheels that are the best I’ve seen (and I’ve gone through a lot of rolling bags!) – smooth running and great on stairs. The frame and bag are separate so you can replace the bag cheaply enough when it’s worn out (or if you just want a different colour). The whole thing is super light when it’s empty which is a big bonus – even after decanting and being brutal when deciding what to take, my kit is still pretty heavy. These bags sell out really quickly so if you want one and see it available, grab it.

    1. I honestly couldn’t work without it – it is genius. I now use it to sit on whilst I do the makeup, so I don’t have to stand to work, which makes such a difference over the course of a day! And it forces you to be very organised!! It’s all about decanting.

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