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.


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
  • Shoshannah before the premiere in Inglourious Basterds, including putting her rouge on like warpaint, followed by loading a gun, and then fixing her hat.
  • In the film adaptation of V for Vendetta, Evie does this while V gets his gear ready to fight.
  • In the reprise of "Tonight" in West Side Story, Anita has a L&LM verse while the gangs prepare for the rumble.
  • Early in Pretty Woman, when Vivian and her roommate are preparing to work the street.
  • During the closing credits of Sucker Punch.
  • In The Hairy Bird, the girls are shown getting ready for the St. Ambrose boys to visit.
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man shows the antagonist changing his hairstyle, painting his lips, and putting on eye makeup before his confrontation with the protagonist.
  • Elle Woods in the opening credits of Legally Blonde.
  • Gender-flipped during the opening credits of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, with Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes performing it, fabulously of course. Clip is here
  • In the opening sequence of a Thai movie Beautiful Boxer, juxtaposed with a Lock and Load Montage of a boxer preparing for a fight. Played with in that both sequences are performed by the same person.
  • Done several times during trips to the salon in Young Adult.
  • The opening credits to The Devil Wears Prada.
  • The opening credits to Dangerous Liaisons has a montage featuring both the main male and female characters. It looks like they are dressing for battle, and they were
  • The montage where Bridget Jones prepares to impress her boss Daniel at the upcoming book launch, she does the following: brushes up on conversational skills, studies up on current events, shave and wax, uses a body brush, rolls up her hair, picks out a sleek black dress and weighs the options between a control-top panty and a thong before deciding on the former.
    • The second film has a montage that includes more Fashion Hurts and the inclusions of such tropes as Of Corset Hurts in addition of a haircut that has to be ravaged by the damage done by a deluded hairdresser.
  • Andie in the opening credits of Pretty in Pink.

  • 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.

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.

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 Original

Western Animation