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Lipstick-and-Load Montage

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"Make up and dress up
I become very lovely too!"
Hatsune Miku, Sweet Devil

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 applies her makeup with the same speed and seriousness as a soldier loading his guns—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. The rare examples of a man doing this tend to be Played for Laughs. Alternately, a male Badass in a Nice Suit might be getting ready for business while making sure he looks as sharp as possible, but this doesn't usually involve makeup.

Compare This Means Warpaint and Makeover Montage.



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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The first page of Airboy vs. the Air Maidens consists of the Air Maidens (Valkyrie, Black Angel and Lupina) performing one of these as they don Stripperific outfits to infiltrate a drug lord's birthday party as 'gifts'.
  • The Baroness gets one at the start of IDW's G.I. Joe: Cobra #1 before she infiltrates an enemy mansion in Ecuador. It is contrasted with a more standard Lock-and-Load Montage later in the issue.
  • In Giant Days, Esther gets such a montage before hitting a party during her first week at university, taking “just” one hour thirty-one minutes. It shows that she’s the most extrovert of the comic’s three lead characters.
  • In Hex Wives #1, an entire page is devoted to Isadora's morning routine to make her the perfect 50s housewife.

    Film - Animated 
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted:
    • Seen as Captain Chantalle Du Bois is called out to capture Alex. We see her loading up briefly, and then she finishes by applying her lipstick and popping her lips.
    • Also with the Chimps; while the Zoosters are on their way, and the Penguins pillow-fight, the Chimps prepare their disguise as the King of Versailles — complete with Phil applying lipstick and popping his lips.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 sequel has a montage that includes more Fashion Hurts and the inclusions of such tropes as Of Corset Hurts in addition to a haircut that has to be ravaged by the damage done by a deluded hairdresser.
  • Camp X-Ray contains a Truth in Television version with Cole prepping her hair for the day, a necessary evil for females in the US military who want to keep their hair long.
  • In a non-comedic male example, Eric in The Crow has one of these right before going out to avenge his and Shelly's deaths, including putting on the famous black and white makeup. To The Cure's "Burn", no less!
  • 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.
  • Death Bell: After sneaking out of school, Ina and Myung-Hyo change into clubbing outfits and apply makeup before going to the club.
  • The opening credits to The Devil Wears Prada.
  • When Sue Ellen is getting dressed for her job interview at GAW in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.
  • In The Hairy Bird, the girls are shown getting ready for the St. Ambrose boys to visit.
  • Shoshannah before the premiere in Inglourious Basterds, including putting her rouge on like warpaint, followed by loading a gun, and then fixing her hat.
  • Elle Woods in the opening credits of Legally Blonde.
  • Andie in the opening credits of Pretty in Pink.
  • Early in Pretty Woman, when Vivian and her roommate are preparing to work the street.
  • During the closing credits of Sucker Punch.
  • In Suicide Squad (2016), the Squad undergoes a Lock-and-Load Montage as they gear up before entering Midway City. Harley Quinn's doubles as a lipstick and load montage as she strips and chooses her outfit and applies makeup as well as selecting weaponry.
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man shows the antagonist changing his hairstyle, painting his lips, and putting on eye makeup before his confrontation with the protagonist.
  • 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 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.
  • Done several times during trips to the salon in Young Adult.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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 transgender.
  • On Chuck Sarah often does both simultaneously.
  • The Sexy Getting Ready Song from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
  • 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.
  • The finale of season 6 of Game of Thrones opens with assorted characters getting dressed in preparation for the trial of Loras Tyrell and Cersei Lannister with a sharp contrast between the elaborate clothes of the nobility and the old sack worn by the High Sparrow. The montage lingers on Cersei for longer than the others as she is fitted in a new black leather and chains number because she is about to have them all killed by blowing up the Sept of Baelor where the trial is taking place.
  • Played for Laughs with Tim's 'getting ready for the disco' montage in The Goodies episode "Saturday Night Grease".
  • Soo-min preparing to seduce Hyung-min in Heartless City.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent: In "Lady's Man", there is a scene showing the killer slowly putting on lingerie and makeup. It is actually a Creepy Crossdresser.
  • The opening credits of Lingerie Football League.
  • The opening credits of Pretty Little Liars, and it's a corpse that is dolled-up.
  • Belle in the opening credits for Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • 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_.


    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.

  • JT from the Cool Kids Table game Bloody Mooney gets one where he gets dressed in his clothes for visiting Keri's house, including a shot of him popping his collar. Josh compares it to a Megazord sequence.

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    Video Games 
  • Seen in the intro to Fist of the North Star: Twin Blue Stars of Judgment. The catch is that it's Yuda.
  • In the opening of Street Fighter V (arcade version) Chun-Li calmly sits in front of her drawer and begins to apply lipstick before doing a spinning kick.
  • In Tales of Phantasia, lipstick is a rare item that, for some reason, allows you to get discount in item shops. As it is available trough the items menu, it can be used before any big fight or major story event. However, since it is a SNES game, you only gets a message saying that the girls are gorgeous.
  • Nina Williams does this during the Tekken Tag Tournament opening and in her ending in Tekken 6.
  • Parodied in Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure. When we first see Captain Rose, we see her glitzing herself up so she can look her best while defeating the Sea Rabbits. At one point she puts on her signature lipstick... and then puts some on her cheek to make it look like Tribal Face Paint.


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    Western Animation 
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Daphne undergoes one - instructing the other girls to "turn her into a rock star" - when she joins the Hex Girls in "In Fear of the Phantom".
  • In Sym-Bionic Titan, Ilana, Lance and Octus all go through this prior to the Homecoming Dance in "Under the Three Moons."
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The short "The Magnificent Three" (from the "Love Disconnection" episode) has Babs, Shirley, and Fifi dressing up to attend a fancy party at Perfecto Prep.
  • Used in X-Men: Evolution when the X-Girls plus Boom Boom are doing a strange rock music video montage that consists of applying makeup, shopping, dancing and then changing into some new leather costumes to do vigilante crime fighting as the Bayville Sirens.


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