Oooh, are you in for a treat! Application (typical) is dipping a kabuki (preferred by most) brush into the minerals, swirling the brush w/ the minerals into a lid, saucer, or counter top (to get the minerals pulled into the brush). Tap off the excess, then buff in circles all over your face (starting in the center cheek area and working out from there, or where you need more coverage). It is nearly foolproof, because minerals are so forgiving. Start w/ less, then add more where you need it. My favorite thing to do to show people is to do half of my face, so they can see the difference. It's YOU, only flawless, and still let's your skin show through. It's makedown makeup! If you like sheer coverage, you can always use a damp sponge, dip, and apply. Then, if you need a little extra, buff dry in those areas! There are so many ways to make it work for you! I rarily have to touchup in an 8 hour period of time. If I do, it's usually finishing powder (or cornstarch is cheaper) because I get shiny head towards the end of the day. It is NOT like powder you've ever used. It's in powder FORM, but a species all of it's own. It's almost creamy, but NOT. It's not dry like powder you may have used before. It's water resistant, w/ an SPF in natural form of titanium dioxide. You can sweat, and it won't run off your face. It holds up in humidity, w/ maybe a little help from finishing powder or cornstarch (or rice starch). I've misted my face, and the makeup keeps doing it's thing. You might rub up on someone's shirt, and little (if any) will get on them, and you'll not need to touch up afterwards. You are going to LOOOOOOVE the change!!!!!