- Go sheer: In lieu of using a white or tinted powder, go with a translucent or sheer loose powder that's been finely milled, which is less easy to detect. Avoid anything too matte or with a full-coverage formulation. Remember: the purpose of a powder is to lightly set makeup and reduce shine, not mask the skin.
- Soak it in: Before applying powder, apply any cream- or liquid-based items (moisturizer, foundation, etc.) first to avoid any clumping or caking, allowing the products to completely dry pre-powdering. Also, don't be afraid to use oil-blotting papers before and after your powder to soak up any excess moisture.
- Getting it on: For the best results, use a fluffy brush to lightly distribute powder, tapping off any product overage to get a more even coverage. If you use a velour puff, lightly roll it over your skin instead of swiping or tapping it on.
- In the zone: Avoid powdering the eye and mouth areas, which are areas that can cake easily. Instead focus the powder application on the T-zone, again using oil-blotting papers when needed.
- Say cheese: Now that you have these tips at hand, be sure to check out celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey's advice for looking dewy, not shiny, in photographs.