Classic Lash Expert & Founder, the Lash Aficionado™ and Lash Intensive

Patrice Sandoval founded the Lash Aficionado™ in January 2014. Patrice "S.H.A.P.E.D." the Lash Aficionado™ to serve clients with the highest quality lash products and keep their lashes healthy, at the same time, provide orphaned children and the elderly in Haiti and Mexico with vitamins. 

Patrice has over seven years of lash extension experience. She spent almost one-year training under the supervision of industry pioneer Dina S. Good. Ms. Good's application techniques were developed solely focused on preserving the health of her clients' natural lashes. These techniques have been in use since 2002, proved so successful, her clients after ten years of wearing lash extensions, without a break, still had healthy natural lashes. 

Patrice will launch Lash Intensive by the Lash Aficionado™ in the first quarter of 2020. To date, she has invested over 18 months into writing this curriculum, based on her experience, and not copying from others. Upon completion, the curriculum will be submitted to a third-party lash accreditation company to ensure her training program meets requirements to qualify for the seal of "accreditation."

Clients stay with Patrice in part for the quality of her work and relationship. 



The lash industry has a bad reputation due to issues from work performed by stylists with inadequate training and non-licensed people performing semi-permanent lash application services illegally.

Consumers seeking a "good deal" often end up with pain and damage to lashes due to poor techniques. Inferior ingredients in cleansers, adhesives, primers, and lash fibers not chemically formulated for use together, often results in severe allergic reactions.

We all have stories like this:

Suzie's neighbor's sister's niece is a lash stylist who charges $70.00 for a full set and $40.00 for refills. She's not licensed and doing this out of home for extra income. The local nail salon is offering a full set of lashes for $50.00, and $30.00 fills (fills are 30 min).

We all are all told this by others:

All people in the beauty industry have the same training and proficient in all areas. Beauty school teaches the basics. Equivalent to learning the A, B, C's but does not instruct the student how to use the words to write a paragraph.

The truth:

To become well-trained in the beauty industry, after beauty school, stylists must invest additional time and money to learn advanced techniques, work with teachers/mentors, and train with product companies to learn how to use products specially formulated for their area of specialty. 

Companies offer a line of products chemically formulated to be used together to achieve a specific result. Access to their products is not free; stylists pay hundreds, if not thousands, to become certified to purchase the best products for their clientele.



  • In Arizona, a non-licensed person is prohibited by law from performing a semi-permanent lash application; therefore, you have ZERO protection.

  • Professional lash product companies do not train or sell to unlicensed lash artists.

  • Professional malpractice companies will not insure unlicensed, untrained lash artists.


  • They use tape in place of under-eye pads. Edges of tape can lacerate the cornea (like a paper-cut on the eye).

  • The tape has an adhesive that may be irritating to the cornea because the chemical structure of the cyanoacrylates in the tape may be too strong for the think skin of the ocular area. Reactions could range from redness to severe.

  • The isolation tweezer tips are sharp. What will protect your skin should the tweezers puncture through the tape? The orbicularis oculi muscle, nerves, veins, and arteries lie mm's beneath the surface.

  • They say the under-eye is protected because the tape is layered. Ok, great. Now there are more layers of chemical to irritate the eye. The cyanoacrylates (adhesive) in the tape is a different grade of cyanoacrylate and not meant for use around the eye or open-wounds. Yes, there are medical adhesives used in place of su; however, the cyanoacrylate is medical-grade.

  • It's a medical tape. Paper tape often contains cotton fibers. Cotton reacts when in contact with cyanoacrylates in the lash adhesive. Check out the reaction: 


  • Not using an EPA registered, bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, and pseudomonacidal disinfectant? Regular Barbicide used in hair salons is not adequate as a disinfectant for tweezers. Unlike brushes, tweezers come it contact with the eyes, and tears, therefore, need next level disinfectant.

  • Disinfect is not changed as directed by the manufacturer.

  • Purchase a less expensive disinfectant that requires mixing. If the disinfectant ratios for missing are not followed to manufacture requirements, the disinfectant will be ineffective.


  • Are linens on the bed and headrest/pillow changed with freshly washed linens after each client? 

  • What if the lines are not changed and the client before you had a skin disease, infection, or lice - now you are lying on contaminated materials.


  • The use of linens to cover surfaces is costly to provide for the maximum number of clients per day and time-consuming to wash with hot water, dry and fold.


  • Products purchased from China are cheap to buy because they use low-quality ingredients. Remember, China sold toxic blue wallboards to home builders. China sold pet food with contaminants in vegetable proteins that killed dogs and dogs across the U.S. The list of issues goes on.....

  • Lash products purchased from professional lash companies are quality controlled and made with higher-grade ingredients with expiration dates. To buy professional-grade products, the stylists must provide a current license and pay for training then pass their certification test based on requirements set by each company.

  • Professional lash companies create product lines of products chemically formulated to be used together, reducing the chances of allergic reactions.


  • A professional lash artist business is primarily eyelash extensions. They have invested thousands of dollars in training and certifications and thousands of hours learning their skills. As Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his bestseller, "Outliers," to become an expert, it takes 10,000 hours (or approximately 10 years) of deliberate practice. Deliberate practice involves goal setting, quick feedback, and countless drills to improve skills with an eye on mastery. It is not "just showing up" and, plain and simple, it's not fun.

  • They are artisans with precision working, keeping your natural lashes healthy, and create the most elegant lashes tailored for each client. 

Patrice is by no means the only well-trained lash stylist in Scottsdale. Clients are referred to Patrice for her aesthetic and stay because they feel relaxed in her presence. Clients frequently walk in saying "church time" let's listen to a pick me up sermon.