It Girl Friday is ecstatic to introduce Erika Chantelle, a modern makeup artist who specializes in empowering women by helping them bring their own vision of beauty to life! IGF’s team had the opportunity to be placed in the makeup seat and enjoy the full beauty experience, learning about skincare, various methods of makeup application, and how to make different eye colors pop!

Chantelle grew up in a military family, moving several times throughout her childhood. In high school, she was the “go to” girl for all her friends’ prom makeup. Even so, she wasn’t thinking of turning her love of makeup into a career. In 2005, Chantelle graduated from Louisiana State University, having minored in Chemistry, English and Religious Studies.


In 2013, Chantelle made the move to Rochester, NY. She started doing freelance makeup as a side gig and eventually snagged a job at Lord & Taylor, where she was able to expand her knowledge in the beauty industry and build clientele. In 2019, Lord & Taylor held a contest to find a beauty influencer and spokesperson for their social media. Unbeknownst to Chantelle, her boss submitted a video she had made on makeup tips and tricks. When Chantelle won the competition, she realized she had a future in the beauty industry and decided to transform her side-gig into a full-time job and career.

Today, Erika Chantelle is the boss lady behind Lil Big Sis. Check out her Instagram for skincare and makeup tips and tricks. Visit her website to schedule a consultation today, and don't forget to catch her on IGF's TikTok live-streams for Woman Crush Wednesdays!


Erika  Chantelle - The Lil Big Sis

IG - @thelilbigsis