About Us

Nneka Garel- Portes


Passion and a healthy obsession with all things skin is what brought Nneka Garel-Portes, LE to the world of skincare. Having acquired a Masters Degree in Business, Nneka knew that she would one day own a business, but was unsure of the direction she wanted to take. After years of soul searching and prayer, Nneka decided to throw caution to the wind and leave her civil service position with the City of New York, and enrolled at world renowned Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, where she had the honor of learning from the industry’s leading Holistic Healers, Master Estheticians and Wax Experts.

After completing her studies and receiving her esthetics license from the State of New York, Nneka founded SKinfatuated in 2015 and took on the role of Counter Manager for a world renowned skincare brand at Barneys New York on Madison Ave. The knowledge acquired during her time working in the luxury beauty industry has made Nneka a well rounded beauty professional, and strengthened her knowledge of the skincare market.

Nneka has since acquired three separate certifications in semi-permanent makeup, including microblading, ombre brows, eyeliner and lip micropigmentaton from some of the top semi-permanent trainers in the United States, and has maintained a license from the state of New York in tattoo and piercing. 2018 has been a busy year with Nneka having trained with industry titan, Ellebaana, and gaining a certification in lash lift and tint; Sisters Ross studio for training in micro-needling and mesotherapy and Brow Daddy in his signature “Bombre” technique.

Even with 4 children and a thriving business, Nneka makes time to mentor high school seniors from NYC’s City-AS high school via internship at SKinfatuated throughout the school year.

Kate Mei


Having been obsessed with all things beauty for as long as she can remember, Kate Mei became certified in microblading and licensed in tattoo/piercing by the state of New York in 2018. In December of 2018, Kate received her New York State Esthetics license after having completed her 600 hour certification at Aveda Institute in New York City under the tutelage of Aveda’s top beauty instructors.

Because of her natural talent in beauty, Kate has trained with and worked with top brow shaping experts at Benefit cosmetics, and has trained in the art of threading and brow waxing. And, in the few short months Kate has been with SKinfatuated, she trained in the art of lash lift and brow/lash tinting under the guidance of our owner and master esthetician, Nneka.