Lipstick and Load Montage

The Distaff Counterpart of the Lock and Load Montage. The heroine puts on her makeup and clothes while preparing for the Big Event. The key to the trope is that she's being just as methodical and serious as a soldier — she's all business, and her business at the moment is looking good. May count as Mundane Made Awesome.

Often juxtaposed with a standard Lock and Load Montage. A Femme Fatale might even do both simultaneously.

Female examples of this trope, as of so many other Always Female tropes, may be Fetish Fuel. The rare examples of a male doing this tend to be Played for Laughs.


  • In the first episode of Bubblegum Crisis Priss is seen doing this as part of the opening montage, preparing to go on stage and sing the opening theme. Contrasted slightly with Lock and Load Montage for other characters.

Comic Books

Film - Animated
  • Used in Mulan when the soldiers are applying drag to infiltrate Shan Yu's guard in the royal palace (set to a brief reprise of "I'll Make A Man Out Of You", no less!).

Film - Live Action

  • In the Daughters of the Moon series, (at least in the first two) before the big showdown against the Atrox, there's a sequence of the main character putting on beautiful clothes and makeup — but rather justified in the first, Goddess of the Night, because the character is 1. Going to a club, and oughta look good anyway, and 2. Describes it as battle paint — the psychological preparation is as important as anything else.
  • A straight male example when Miles Vorkosigan does this in Memory, cleaning up and donning his house uniform and all his medals before going to the Emperor.
  • Another male example in The Kalevala, as an entire chapter is devoted to Ilmarinen the smith bathing and dressing up to go court the Maiden of Pohja.

Live-Action TV
  • Belle in opening credits for Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • The opening credits of Pretty Little Liars, and it's a corpse that is dolled-up.
  • On Chuck Sarah often does both simultaneously.
  • Played for Laughs with Tim's 'getting ready for the disco' montage in The Goodies episode "Saturday Night Grease".
  • The opening credits of Lingerie Football League.
  • Sherlock: Irene Adler goes through one as she is waiting for Sherlock to arrive in "A Scandal in Belgravia". Juxtaposed with Sherlock's own, more unorthodox, preparations, which involve getting Watson to punch him in the face.
  • The four girls get one as they prepare for their night on the town in Space_.
  • Angel. Gunn asks what type of equipment they'd need to burgle an auction house. Angel suggests repelling hooks, flashlights, aerosol spray — all against a montage of these items being prepared. Lockpicking tools, rope, a knife and...lipstick? Turns out it's a female Classy Cat-Burglar who's after the MacGuffin as well.
  • One is seen at the start of episode 1x02 of By Any Means. The twist is that it turns out to be Charlie preparing to go undercover as a transsexual.
  • CSI: NY: "Cavallino Rampante" opens with a montage of a beautiful young woman getting ready for what appears to be a night at a club. She is actually a car thief getting ready to boost a Ferrari.
  • Soo-min preparing to seduce Hyung-min in Heartless City.

Manga and Anime

  • The Canaanite goddess Anat is said to do this. She anoints herself with henna and ambergris, puts on saffron and murex (purple) clothing...and then proceeds to slaughter her brother Ba'al's enemies so badly and messily she wades up to her thighs in the blood and gore. While laughing. Then she cleans herself off and reapplies.
  • Jezebel does this when Jehu went to meet her at the palace for their final standoff. Because of this, she is often associated with prostitution (despite never having actually engaged in it in the text), and her story is used as a cautionary tale for women that (artificial) Beauty Is Bad.

Newspaper Comics
  • Done in a Foxtrot Sunday strip that apparently shows Paige putting on her make-up getting ready to go out. The last panel reveals it to actually be a grounded Peter trying to sneak out of the house disguised as Paige.

Video Games

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation