Ask the Expert: Susan Ruoff | Venus Owner and Makeup Artist

This week's Ask the Expert is a bit different as with it, we are incorporating a GIVEAWAY!  We know how much our readers enjoyed the last one so today Susan Ruoff, Venus Owner and Makeup Artist, has so graciously donated a basket full of goodies as well as her professional input on each of the products within the basket.  Enjoy reading through the post and continue on to the bottom of the post for the GIVEAWAY DETAILS!

Book - Makeup Makeovers: Weddings

This book will give you so many beautiful ideas for makeup and hair for the entire bridal party.

Hollywood Fashion Tape:

Don’t worry about hems falling or unmentionables showing. These easy-to-use double-sided tape strips can be applied wherever a little extra wardrobe help is needed. Made with hypoallergenic, residue-free ingredients, they’re safe for both sensitive skin and delicate fabric.

Stila sparkle waterproof liquid eye liner in Starry:

Get stunning, look- at- me eyes. This gorgeous eye liner is infused with pearlized micro-glitter (read: not in-your-face sparkle), these liners work for both day and night. The pen-like applicator makes it easy to apply the waterproof pigments, while a unique polymer keeps the colors vibrant for hours.

Smashbox Limitless Longwear lipgloss in Endless & Enduring:

We never let a bride leave our makeup chair without  long-wearing lip gloss. It gives you nonstop gorgeous color and shine for up to 6 hours, while SPF 15 protects your lips. The luxurious formula with vitamins A, C & nourishes lips for a silky-smooth texture that's never tacky or dry.

Too Faced Beauty Balm in Cream Glow:

Who doesn’t want to glow on their wedding day? Our innovative beauty balm offers multiple skincare and makeup benefits in one simple step. Our powerful, multi-mineral complex instantly achieves a healthy glow and improves skin's overall appearance. Light-diffusing pigments tint and add radiance.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance:

Your eye makeup will never look better. Skin-soothing formula evens out skin tone and smoothes fine lines to create a perfect canvas for eye shadows. Color is intensified and locked down until you take it off. Will never crease or fade.

Stila Convertible color in Peony:

This versatile favorite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. Tap onto cheeks and press onto lips. The sheer tint adds a natural glow of color.

Butter London nail laquer in Pink Ribbon:

This classic french pink is the perfect color for any bride. Butter London is the cult phenomenon of the nail industry and is fast becoming famous for their high fashion, 3 Free (non-toxic) nail lacquers.

BareMinerals blemish therapy:

Every bride worries about that one blemish that will show up on her big day, with this kit, it will no longer be a worry. Conceal and prevent future breakouts with this targeted blemish remedy and brush. This non-irritating formula also helps to minimize the appearance of pores, neutralize redness and diffuse imperfections.

Now for the GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Susan Ruoff and Venus are generously giving away a gift basket filled with all of the goodies listed above.  To enter please leave a comment below telling us what your "go to" makeup product is and if you're planning on DIY-ing your makeup or getting it professionaly done for your wedding day.  Also, head on over to Facebook and “Like” Venus’ page.  The contest will run from 5/30/12 at 10:00am Eastern until 6/6/12 at 8:00am Eastern.  The winner will be announced on 6/6/12 by noon and will be contacted via email so be sure to add to your contacts.

Thank you again to Susan and the staff of Venus for their generous donation.  Next time you're downtown, stop in and check them out.

Photos courtesy of Stila, Smashbox, Too Faced, Butter and BareMinerals