An Inside Look

Simply BeYoutiful

Enhancing Natural Beauty

By Linda Sutherland

Enhancement, generally speaking, means an improvement in quality or value. I’m sure we all would be on board with enhancing what nature gave us. There are many mornings when I have stepped up to the mirror feeling less than enthusiastic about starting my daily makeup ritual. The possibility of waking up with my makeup already applied is certainly tempting. Thanks to Simply BeYoutiful and the talented Mellisa Karel, we all have the option to wake up BeYoutiful!


Mellisa grew up here in Nebraska and started her career as a clinical dietetic technician in 2002. She went on to the UNMC College of Dentistry in 2010 and earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. More recently, Mellisa returned to school to become a licensed aesthetician and licensed permanent color technician. She has completed courses in academic and practical application training in permanent makeup, and she’s been enhancing people’s looks and lives as a certified permanent makeup artist for three years. This enterprising young woman is deeply passionate about beauty and health and strives to help all her clients discover ways to enhance their beauty while maintaining a natural look.


Mellisa specializes in microblading brows, permanent eyeliner, and cosmetic tattooing for lips. She can even lift and tint eyelashes, which is particularly interesting to me. My eyelashes seem to grow straight out instead of up. They can be the bane of my existence when I try to get that “eyes wide open” look. Eyelash lifting and tinting sounds like something that would remedy that situation, and it is! To understand the procedure, Mellisa explains, “think of it as permanently curling your lashes and then applying mascara that never wears off.” Yes, please! This procedure boosts and lifts each individual lash before tinting them to achieve a thicker, longer, darker lash.


Next, let’s talk about permanent eyeliner. What is it? How is it done? Does it hurt to have it applied? (If so, does it hurt more or less than accidentally poking yourself in the eye with your eyeliner?) Mellisa reassures me that she uses a topical numbing cream to keep clients comfortable during the procedure. A pigment is placed on the eyelid along the top of your lash line. This tattooed eyeliner totally replaces your everyday liner, leaving you with a natural look that enables you to walk out of the house in no time. If you’re like me and hate to leave home without eyeliner and mascara, these procedures could really streamline your daily routine!


If your younger, more impulsive self left you with a tattoo you now regret, you may have looked into laser tattoo removal and learned about the undesirable scarring it can cause. Mellisa is pleased to offer a process of tattoo removal without the use of lasers. Mellisa uses a saline tattoo removal system that even works on people who have tried lasers for removal with less than satisfactory results. (She also uses it to fix undesirable results from permanent makeup jobs that her clients may have received elsewhere.) There are no chemicals or acids used in the process.    


“I am extremely excited about our new service of saline tattoo removal,” Mellisa says. “Unlike other forms of tattoo removal, saline removal is safe for most skin types. It tends to be less painful than laser removal and does not lead to blistering or scarring of the skin.”


As a registered dental hygienist, Mellisa is also enthusiastic about beautiful teeth. The teeth whitening process she prefers is a Philips Zoom QuickPro whitening varnish system that is used in conjunction with light. Mellisa works especially diligently to prevent tooth sensitivity during and after the quick in-office process. She loves getting positive feedback from her clients. “I love hearing that clients are delighted with the results,” Mellisa says. “I love that they are comfortable here!”


Clients who come to Simply BeYoutiful can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and they know they will be treated with honesty and respect. Mellisa’s professionalism and skills are highly appreciated. “It gives me a great feeling to connect with my clients and to know they are getting a quality procedure that will enrich their lives,” Mellisa shares. Happy clients make for a happy Mellisa!


In addition to permanent makeup and tattoo removal, Mellisa also offers beauty treatments like facials, peels, waxing, and dermaplaning. If you want to enhance your natural beauty, a consultation with Mellisa might be just what you need. You can find Mellisa inside Aislinn Medical Spa, at 818 Village Square in Gretna. For more information, please call 402-690-4207.

Mellisa Karel, Owner, Licensed Aesthetician