Marais USA: Beauty in Action

As master shoppers and trendsetters, Haley Boyd and Catherine Chen bonded at Parsons over the lack of cheap-yet-chic shoes on the market. In 2009, the duo set out to fill the void by launching Marais USA, a footwear company dedicated to classic styles at extremely reasonable prices. The name is a nod to the fashionable pair’s favorite Paris neighborhoods — we think it’s doubly appropriate since their designs are our go-to travel footwear. Now sold at over 100 stores in more than eight countries, Marais USA has quickly become synonymous with affordable style. We sat down with the busy co-founders to discuss everything from beauty bargains to their current kicks.

Must-Haves

Haley: I adore my Maifanshi Moisture Foundation by Koh Gen Do. It's a super light tinted moisturizer that is the exact shade of my skin. Even though it’s practically invisible, it makes a big impact. Ole Henriksen’s Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask is great for moisturizing — if you have combination skin, it really works wonders. I try to do it once a week, especially during dry spells in the winter.

Catherine: Rodin’s Olio Lusso for sure. The scent reminds me of one of my favorite smells, rosewater. It also makes a fantastic primer and gives my makeup a silky look.

Beauty Bargains

Haley: I use quite a few drug store products, but I love Exact Eyelights Mascara by CoverGirl. I get the one for blue eyes and it’s amazing because it never clumps. Most mascaras wind up crumbling under my eyes, but this one stays put all day and washes off with warm water in a snap.

Catherine: A small confession: I wash my face with the same bar soap that I use on my body! I have been using Dove bar soap my whole life and what I love about the product is that it never changes. No need to mess with a good thing.

Pretty Pouts

Hayley: For lips, I do matte in red or plum. Revlon’s Just Bitten Lipstains and Balm are amazing. The color goes on evenly and lasts for half the day. I'm mixing the Frenzy and Gothic colors together at the moment.

Catherine: I’m not into gloss; I like a matte burgundy lipstick. Recently, I purchased my first Tom Ford lipstick in Bruised Plum and I love it.

SPF Preference

Haley: Instant Mineral SPF Powder by Peter Thomas Roth is the best way to wear sunscreen on your face, especially in the summer. It’s a translucent powder that that I apply right on top of my tinted moisturizer and I'm good to go.

Catherine: I was in the Caribbean recently, so I can attest to the fact that Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock feels great and really works.

Marais USA Faves

Haley: We try to design shoes that are versatile enough to go with almost anything in your closet and comfortable enough to walk around New York City in all day. The Loafer Heels are my current favorite and I've been wearing them lately with rolled-up skinny jeans or full high-waisted skirts. They look super cute with colorful socks too!

Catherine: My current favorite is the Flat Braided Sandal. They are so comfy and they really do work with just about everything in my wardrobe.

We love chatting with trendsetting women who are rocking the world. For more inspiring women like Haley and Catherine, click here to check out our Beauty in Action series.

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