However, let the novice beware. I would suggest you take the color to the salon if you are hesitant; this is not one that can go on sloppy. And keep the amount of coats to a minimum - like one. For this brand in particular, I found that without careful application and a top coat, you may get streaks. Besides, your salon professional will exfoliate, moisturize and massage you so the blood will be flowing and the skin will be glowing. So splurge if you get the urge to try.