Should the dope be applied directly to the male threads or should the tape go on first?
If you're using both, the tape would go on first. Which is immediately evident, if you've ever tried to apply them the other way round. There's open debate over whether or not there are any advantages to using both products together, or if each product by itself is adequate.
Pipe dope; also known as pipe joint compound, is used to seal and lubricate the threads of a threaded pipe joint. It's available for both water and gas lines. It's applied by simply brushing it on the male threads of the pipe joint, before the joint is fit together. Pipe dope never hardens, and will not crumble and fall out of the joint.
Put on some high density yellow or pink Teflon tape, then a thin layer of Rectorseal Tru-Blu. I have had good luck with this dope. DO NOT use low density Teflon tape or non setting pipe dope, in my experience it does not work as well. Only apply pipe dope lightly with a BRUSH, not a shovel.