Setting Powder Tip #1: Use a Powder Puff, Not a Brush
"The best way to apply setting powder is with a powder puff," Hoffman said. "A puff is far superior because it pushes the product into the foundation and creates a bond that holds the makeup in place."
Setting Powder Tip #2: Apply the Right Amount of Product
Those with dry skin don't necessarily want to layer on powder to their complexion the same way someone trying to combat oil would. Your skin type — whether you have oily or dry skin — can affect how you should apply your setting powder. "Typically oilier skin types want to be more matte, therefore more powder should be applied with the puff and pressed into the skin," Hoffman said. "The opposite goes for drier skin types or those wanting more of a natural glow after setting."
Setting Powder Tip #3: Set Your Products After Every Step
After you apply any cream- or liquid-based products — like your foundation, blush, or even cream eyeshadow — you can use translucent powder to set them. This will help keep your makeup from creasing after a few hours. "I use translucent powder during an entire makeup application," Hoffman said. "I use it to blend shadows during a smoky eye application, to buff edges of blush and bronzer, and also to set a bold lip liner. It 'takes the edge off' of anything."