First you prime your lips using the unique *moisturizing* primer, then once it’s tacky you apply your Vial color. The gloss topcoat is optional but it cuts down on wear, so I’d suggest sticking with the primer and color only. You can purchase a three piece mirrored tin that includes the primer and two colors of your choice for $49. Vial is cruelty free, vegan, and won’t dry out your lips the way alcohol- or petroleum-based liquid lipsticks can. Check out my demo video below, and learn more at poshgoth.po.sh. Thanks!