What is the proper way to say I’m applying talcum powder on my child’s body? I always wonder whether 'applying powder' is correct in this sense.
2'Powder' can be used as a verb.– Kate BuntingApr 8, 2021 at 13:22
The prepositions are 'put powder on [the baby's bottom, baby ...]' but 'apply powder to [the baby's bottom / skin / thighs etc: formal, and needs to be more specific than 'baby', probably because of incongruous registers].– Edwin AshworthApr 8, 2021 at 14:39
Looking at the photos of products online, I'm seeing the verbs shake, apply, and dust in the directions on the labels. I don't know if it's OK to link to products on ELU.– DjinTonicSep 5, 2021 at 19:49
I'd say put powder on. It is true that powder is a transitive verb, but it sounds odd to me except in specific phrases, like powder my nose.