The shape and texture of your pompadour style is really up to you. The sky is the limit, so to speak. The key is to achieving the right height and a solid foundation. Taking small section through the top section of your pompadour, Raphael suggests using a small round brush to hold the style together. Warm each section with a dryer, and allow each section to cool to stay in place. You could also use a curling iron or flat iron to create your shape if the round brush isn't your styling tool of choice. Creating more curl in your pompadour will give your a softer look, while straighter styling will give your a little more edge in your pump.
Don't be afraid to tease the hair at the base (try using a root lifting powder like this one) and use a comb to soften the look after teasing.