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22nd Aug 2023

Nurse injector shares how to have a ‘glow-up’ without injectables

Who doesn’t love free expert advice?

For anyone who may not want to get any aesthetic beauty services done or those who avail of the services but are looking to take a break or save some cash, there are other ways to maintain your glow.

That’s according to Olivia Salesman, an American nurse injector, who gave away a number of strategic expert tips to enhance your beauty completely free of charge.

And, honestly, most of these are so easy to achieve.

For those who are unfamiliar with what a nurse injector does, it is someone who specialises in providing aesthetic beauty services such as Botox neurotoxin injections and dermal fillers.

Taking to her TikTok, Olivia provided some recommendations as someone who studies ‘faces and beauty for a living.’

Colour Theory

The first tip from the nurse injector was getting to know what colours complement your skin tone, hair colour, and eye colour.

Explaining that they are colour palettes that look better on some while washing out others, she says it’s a learning curve.

Speaking of her own colour palette, she says she has learned over the years that her colours are reds, oranges, and browns.

“When you wear colours in your colour palette, they complement your undertones. Think, maybe, of Zoey De Chanel with her really dark hair and her bright blue eyes; she looks better in cooler tones,” Olivia explains.

She says this also applies to hair colour.

With hair colour trends like ‘linen blonde’ and ‘cinnamon cookie butter’ on the rise, we may all want to rush out and undergo a transformation. But first, find out if it falls under your colour palette, the nurse injector stresses.

“Just because you think someone looks great with blonde hair doesn’t mean it’s going to look right on you. Margot Robbie looks amazing with blonde hair; I went bleach blonde and it looked terrible because I’m nowhere near a natural blonde.”

Your best hair colour is most likely similar to your natural colour, with perhaps a few highlights, lowlights, or a few shades brighter, Olivia says.

The final rule in colour theory is understanding what make-up is right for your skin tone.

“Foundations in store are going to have cool tones and warm tones, and if you don’t know which tone you are from the beginning, you might buy one that never looks quite right.”

This also applies to eye makeup, and she uses her own brown eyes as an example.

“Browns and purples look best on my eyes; they accentuate my eye colour. But someone with blue eyes is going to wear a different colour.”

This, however, is not set in stone, as Olivia urges people to ‘switch it up’  but stresses that people will look most naturally beautiful’ when they’re in their colour palette.

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As someone who deals with face shape a lot when it comes to injectables, she says making a change underneath the surface can be done by adding fillers to alter the shape of cheeks, chins, jawlines, and so on.

However, for someone who isn’t ready for injectables but wants to change or accentuate their face shape, she says this can be achieved through diet.

She explains that inflammation in the skin can make ‘your face feel very full.’

“Some people don’t even realise how puffy their faces are getting from their diet because they’re not seeing a weight change on the scale. It’s truly just reflective of how much water they’re holding on to in parts of their faces.

Olivia encourages using apple cider vinegar in water and lemon juice before meals. Avoiding processed foods, lowering salt intake, eating more vegetables, and eating proteins before starches can all help combat inflammation.

“You’ll notice a difference in your face puffiness even if it’s not an absolute weight change from weight loss.”

Skincare is another area in which she recommends people pay closer attention, as well as lymphatic drainage massages to reduce swelling or inflammation of the face.

Unsure whether you have an inflammation problem? Olivia says one easy way to tell is if you are consistently feeling bloated.

“Inflammation is literally the root of all evil in the body. So, if you can control your inflammation, you’ll look better and you’ll feel better.”


While there isn’t a makeup tutorial that works for everyone due to everyone having unique face shapes, Olivia explains that strategically doing your makeup to have light reflection and shade is ‘pretty consistent across the board.’

“We want light reflection and highlight on the top of the zygomatic arch, and you want shadow underneath—we call that the OG Curve. You don’t want shadows around the mouth or around the eyes,” she shares.

“So, if you can learn to do your makeup well, you can hold off what you think you need filler-wise for a long time just by playing with light and shadow.”

The same applies to the eyes and finding what feature you are hoping to enhance around your eyes, with shape and colour playing factors.

“For me, I’m always trying to accentuate the almond shape of my eye because my eyes are so dark. So, I try to elongate the eye with a little eyeliner and mascara on the outer third of my eyelashes. ”

In parallel, she says using mascara on the full top and bottom lashes with eyeliner on the bottom will result in a more round eye shape.

Another facial shape feature that Olivia says indicates youth is a short distance from the nose to the upper lip, which gets longer as we age.

If you’re not ready for lip filler, using lip liner along the outside borer of the lip can make the gap appear smaller.


This is where the easy fixes end, I’m afraid. However, it is a more permanent solution than injectables and, down the line, requires less maintenance overall.

The nurse injector says she sees many people coming to her wanting chin filler or a jawline floor to achieve a stronger jawline look.

She says that ‘a lot of the time the problem isn’t a recessive chin’ but rather malocclusion (a misalignment of the teeth).

Not only can malocclusion cause a recessive chin, but it can also create other jawline problems.

While adding jawline filler to the chin may slightly disguise the recessive chin, it’s not addressing the problem.

Therefore, Olivia recommends seeing your dentist or orthodontist before seeing a beauty aesthetician.

The ‘ideal’ smile is made up of a smile that shows eight to 10 teeth, she says—think Margot Robbie (again), who shows ten teeth when smiling.

A small set of teeth on display caused by malocclusion or a recessive chin can be addressed at the root by a dental professional or a low max facial surgeon.