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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 & 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. This scene is repeated in the following issues to demonstrate how the illusion is breaking down.
  • In Jon Sable, Freelance #14, Sable is hired to get ballerina Anastasia Yurkovich out of East Berlin. A sequence contrasts Anastasia preparing for the ballet, putting on her costume and makeup, with Sable gearing up for the extraction.

    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 
  • Angel: The first time Molly comes home from school, there is lengthy scene of her transforming herself from Molly the high school honor student to Angel the Hollywood hooker.
  • 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.
  • Exam: A downplayed example, but the opening montage shows the eight candidates getting ready for the exam. Blonde's segment shows her putting on lipstick, fixing her hair, and slipping on her high heels.
  • Ghost Rock: The first appearance of Mattie Baker, the aging Miss Kitty of Ghost Rock, is her putting on her face for the day. This is juxtaposed with the the town undertaker making up the face of a corpse in preparation for burial.
  • 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.
  • Male example Played for Laughs in L Italien. In the opening sequence of the film, Mourad shaves and puts on his clothes to look good.
  • 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.
  • Warm Bodies: Done by Nora and Julie to R, in order for him to look human enough to get to the General to warn him of the large horde of approaching Boneys, and that the corpses want to help.
  • 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.

  • Subverted in Caliphate. There is a scene with Lee-as-Ling putting on his make-up before going to work vamping the Boer guards. Agent Matheson is seriously bothered, because he is so obviously enjoying himself playing the part of the wicked seductress.
  • 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 1. Is 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.
  • Teenage Worrier: Letty gets one in Panick Diary as she prepares for a date with Basil. It goes about as well as you'd expect, leading her to yet another Cosmetic Catastrophe.

    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.
  • Mr. Robot: "Legacy" has a rare male version, with a sequence showing Tyrell shaving and putting on a suit to look his best for Elliot.
  • Julia gets one in Season 2 of Nip/Tuck. She goes out on the town after a fight with Sean.
  • The opening credits of Pretty Little Liars, and it's a corpse that is dolled-up.
  • In Saba-dol, it pretty much qualifies as a Transformation Sequence as 38 year old Apathetic Teacher Shijimi Usa becomes the super popular 17-year-old Idol Singer Mayu Watanabe.
  • 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_.
  • Stranger Things: Karen Wheeler, as seen in Season 3’s opener, where prior to meeting up with Billy for some fun at a local motel, we see her at her dressing table applying some very vampish makeup and teasing her hair out — all whilst "Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew sets the mood.
  • The Tudors:
    • Katherine of Aragon, grimly dressing for the Legatine Court.
    • Anne Boleyn, grimly dressing for her execution. Ironically juxtaposed with Jane Seymour happily dressing for a visit from Henry at her family's home.

  • 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.
  • In Book XIV of The Iliad, Hera embarks on a long dress-up scene with lots of ambrosia and fancy clothes in preparation to distract Zeus from manipulating the outcome of a battle. Classicists have described it as an "arming scene" analogous to those of the mortal warriors like Achilles.

    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.
  • Lavie does it in the ending of Act I of Love & War. Ryan has to leave her behind because she takes too much time at it and almost causes him to lose the ship.
  • 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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