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"Yeah, nobody thinks I like girls. No one. Even if I told them that I did, I doubt they would believe me. [...] I guess the problem is that I'm so...feminine. If I told anyone I liked girls, they'd just take it as a joke. I really do like girls, though."
Alice, Metamorphosis

She dresses and acts in a manner that is considered conventionally feminine, likes "feminine" things such as wearing lipstick and/or "girly" interests such as ballet and the color pink — and only likes women. Fictional lesbians tend to fall into this category if they're "good" characters as it's often seen as "safer" to depict them, while masculine lesbians tend to be relegated to "edgy" portrayals. Lipstick lesbians often have long fingernails which are impractical for sexual activity.

A related term is "femme"; a contrasting term is "butch". In LGBTQ communities, lipstick lesbians are described as only attracted to other lipstick lesbians, "more feminine" than average straight women, or having an "over-the-top" expression of femininity. Ellen DeGeneres jokingly coined the term "chapstick lesbian" to describe those who fall somewhere in between the two extremes of "lipstick" and "butch".

Lipstick lesbians tend to be found a lot in works with lesbian characters; the reasons for this over-representation can include Fanservice (because Girl on Girl Is Hot), wanting to avert the stereotype of Butch Lesbian (and the implication that non-heterosexuals are "gender inverted"), wanting to present a lesbian character that won't "intimidate" viewers, and wanting to depict a woman who "just happens to be attracted to other women" rather than other aspects of LGBTQ cultures and identities.

Sometimes a work might tease or subvert this by having two pretty girls flirting or kissing, only to then reveal that one of them is really a guy who was Disguised in Drag (or whatever). This wouldn't count as a straight example, though a Transgender lesbian might if she is sufficiently feminine.

Related to the opposite of Butch Lesbian, a high femme. Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple is for when this type of woman is paired with a more butch one. Lipstick lesbians who don't take the "girliness" to extremes can be seen as Distaff Counterpart to the male Straight Gay, while ones who do, depending on your perspective, can either be seen as counterparts to the Manly Gay (in terms of over-emphasizing the "expected" characteristics of their gender) or the Camp Gay (in terms of going whole-hog into "femininity").


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Moe in Asteroid in Love may act like a lesbian pervert on the first glance, but acts like a Smitten Teenage Girl when she interacts with her crush Misa, putting her to this trope.
  • Krista Lenz/Historia Reiss from Attack on Titan is the most feminine of the main cast, in contrast to her Love Interest, Ymir.
  • Kita from Bocchi the Rock! is the most feminine member of the group and has a crush on her female friend Ryo.
  • Maria from Canaan is all but stated to be in love with the titular character. She plays the Girly Girl to the more masculine, Action Girl Canaan.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura has Tomoyo Daidouji, who has a crush on the titular Sakura. She's also an Ojou Girly Girl with long hair and a love for fashion.
  • Himeko and Chikane in Destiny of the Shrine Maiden though Himeko is arguably bisexual. Chikane is an Ojou and Himeko is equally as feminine, though not as refined.
  • Akko and Mari from Girl Friends (2006). Particularly prevalent since much of the plot includes shopping for clothes, getting makeovers, and hairstyling.
  • Nobara Yukinokouji from Inu × Boku SS is an attractive woman who works as a bodyguard, and tellsRirichiyo that she would love to be in a sexual relationship with her. She also demonstrates her more feminine aspects by helping Ririchiyo with her hair in episode 3.
  • Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl:
    • Yasuna is very feminine and only has eyes for Hazumu. It's unclear if she is actually a lesbian or if the fact she Does Not Like Men due to being unable to see them clearly is why she leans towards girls, however she doesn't show any interest in men. Yasuna contrasts with Hazumu's other love interest, who is a Tomboy with a Girly Streak.
    • Hazumu likely counts too. She was originally a boy but after being accidentally killed by aliens he was brought back as a girl. Even prior to the incident, she was In Touch with His Feminine Side.
  • Yuzuriha of Lapis Re:LiGHTs looks and acts like a Yamato Nadeshiko and was absolutely delighted to be able to study abroad when her country, Yamato, was then an isolationist state. She traveled westward both to appreciate the culture and the women, going so far as to establish the Flora Girls' Academy's Cabaret Club, which also acts as a hostess club primarily catering to customers who want a "little sister" type. And if none of this was blatant enough, part of her official bio includes "Womanizing" in her likes.
  • Yamato from Loveless acts as the more "femme" of the female Zeroes, as opposed to her fighter Koya.
  • In the manga Maka-Maka, Nene is a needy but sweet clothes-designing young woman to Jun's Butch Lesbian.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • Riko Saikawa is a girly girl (though she has a noticeable tomboy streak) who's in love with Kanna.
    • Tohru could also count, due to her loving her new life as a maid (complete with maid outfit) and being madly in love with the androgynous Kobayashi.
  • Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon; however, with her girlfriend being the more masculine Haruka Ten'oh/Sailor Uranus, some might say it would be more accurate to describe her as 'femme'. Naturally, most international dubs of the first anime attempted to censor this aspect of her character.
  • Variable Geo: Ayako Yuuki works as a floor dancer at SoTO Techno Rave Club and dresses accordingly, in a haltertop, a mini-skirt with suspenders, and high-heels. Her official character bio, states that she's not only a lesbian, but has entered the VG tournament as an excuse to see as many naked womens' bodies as possiblenote .
  • Nitori from Wandering Son is very feminine and would prefer to wear dresses and long hair if she could, though being a pre-transition trans girl prevents that. Her girlfriend Anna works as a model and is a fashion savvy Girly Girl. Anna is attracted to men but admits that she is perfectly fine with being seen as a lesbian as well.
  • Lily in Wasteful Days of High School Girls is a well-groomed Girly Girl and has so far only demonstrated romantic interest in other women, among them Loli, Majime, and Majime's mom.
  • Hazuki from Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito, who has long billowy black hair, a pretty seifuku, stunning blue eyes, and is just slightly gayer than an entire pride parade reenacting the Rocky Horror Picture Show. The object of her affections is even more feminine, though bi- or pan-sexual.
  • Togo from Yuki Yuna is a Hero is a girl who tries to embody being a Yamato Nadeshiko and is very into traditional Japanese culture. Togo is in love with her best friend Yuna, however Yuna is completely oblivious.

    Comic Books 
  • Thunder from Batman and the Outsiders is the femme lesbian while her partner Grace is the butch.
  • The Kate Kane version of Batwoman started out as a Lipstick Lesbian. She was 'outed' in a cunningly-written magazine interview several months before the character premiered, and her first comic appearance was in a stunning party dress that caused jaws to drop both in and out of the comic. Her portrayal changed somewhat between 52 and her lead stint in Detective Comics, where she became significantly more butch, such as wearing a wig in costume to hide her short hair and, in contrast to the above, showing a preference for tuxedos over dresses.
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color: Clémentine and Emma, especially in contrast to Sabine, though they're both slightly tomboyish in their looks.
  • In the Bluntman and Chronic comics, based on the Comic Book Within A Show of the same name from The View Askewniverse movies, one of their nemeses is a lesbian called the Lipstick Lesbian.
  • Fine Print: The bi/pansexual and lesbian woman (or female-presenting Cubi as well) favor long hair while often wearing blouses, skirts, dresses or almost nothing. Samantha (Sam) is a partial exception, her Tomboyish Name with Boyish Short Hair being slightly more butch, but she otherwise usually wears feminine clothing too and isn't masculine.
  • Sarah Rainmaker, from Gen¹³, although it took a while for her to truly come out as one. She is often actually seen attending protests and demonstrations on behalf of the LGBT community and has a tendency to lecture her teammates when they (often) fail to live up to her standards of political correctness. (Usually without much success.)
  • Stormer and Kimber from Jem and the Holograms (IDW) are both feminine and are a couple. Kimber in particular falls for girls easily but is committed to Stormer. Kimber's bandmates (and sisters) don't care about their relationship but Stormer's hate her dating a Hologram.
  • Karolina Dean of Runaways is one of the most feminine members of the group. That doesn't stop her from liking other girls. She and Julie Power of Power Pack once dated (Julie herself is a bisexual). At another point, she tries to kiss her friend Nico, mistaking her as lesbian just because Nico said she's "done with boys forever".

    Comic Strips 
  • Sydney Krukowski from Dykes to Watch Out For refers to herself as femme, although the way she looks and acts isn't that different from her girlfriend Mo (who is sometimes considered a butch.)

    Fan Works 
  • When she really makes an effort, Miss Alice Band of the Guild of Assassins comes over as this, although on a scale of one to ten (where one is the Butch stereotype) her usual placement would be around six or seven. On one Guild assignment, she had to pose as a circus high-wire artiste - which involved seriously glamming up. Alice Band, a very minor and largely unseen character in canon, is fleshed out in the Discworld works of A.A. Pessimal.
  • In Adventures of the Morning Star, Vi’s late girlfriend, Aine, wore dresses and the like. Sona is also quite feminine and was married to a woman.
  • Alice Cullen, as portrayed in As Dreams Are Made On, is squarely in the lipstick lesbian category, taking a great deal of joy and pride in her fashion sense and skill with makeup. The protagonist, Cass or Bella, isn't much of a lipstick lesbian in her own right, but her tastes do run to the femme side and she cleans up nicely.
  • Gianna of Luminosity is this to the extent that no one notices until a female vampire mate-bonds to her. This was intentional on her part, though she doesn't change at all when she gets in an open relationship.
  • Erika and her Gym staff are portrayed this way in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines.
  • Stoneybrook Revisited: A Baby-Sitters Club Fan Series: Shannon is a Girly Girl who is married to Kristy.
  • In The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine, it's Celestia.
  • In Wicked Wiles, Grumpy falls for another "female" dwarf, a feminine dwarf names Gabby that uses she/her pronouns, wears earrings, and keeps her beard short.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 3 Generations: Dolly and her partner Frances are both middle-aged, highly feminine women.
  • 88 Minutes: Shelly, who mentions she's gay early on but has entirely feminine looks and manner.
  • 100 Girls: Wendy is a lesbian with a Girl Next Door vibe.
  • À l'aventure: Mina and Sophie are lipstick bisexuals. Both have long hair and mostly wearing elegant, beautiful dresses. The two have a BDSM relationship with each other and Mina's husband. Later the pair have sex away from Mina's husband. Mina then has sex with Greg too.
  • Alena: Alena and Fabienne. Both are feminine girls who fall for each other.
  • All Cheerleaders Die: Maddy and Leena both wear makeup and feminine clothing, with Maddy especially being indistinguishable from the other cheerleaders in her style. Tracy, who also has sex with Maddy, is pretty much a Girly Girl as well. Played with, though, in that Leena is more of a Perky Goth and that Maddy is implied to have been closer to a Butch Lesbian before changing her look to join the cheer squad.
  • Alto: Nicolette and the other lesbians seen all have long hair, feminine clothing etc. This also applies to Frankie, though she may be bi.
  • Anon: The lesbian couple who are murdered both have long hair and a very feminine presentation. Anon, who slept with them, has only a slightly less feminine look (but she's bisexual, judging by most of her lovers being men).
  • The Archer: Lauren, despite being a skilled archer, is a demure, long-haired girl with a graceful air. Her friend Emily (whom she nearly slept with) has much the same looks and manner (perhaps bisexual, given she is dating a guy, even if he's abusive). At most, they would be more chapstick lesbians. Rebecca, whom Lauren is later involved with, would also count as chapstick, because though a bit more tomboyish she's still far from butch.
  • Atomic Blonde: Lorraine has longish hair, wearing nice dresses much of the time and has an elegant grace (at least when not brutally fighting men). She's revealed to be bisexual, having been involved with French agent Delphine. The latter was even more feminine, with long hair, a demure manner and pretty revealing clothing.
  • Below Her Mouth: Jasmine, who's a Girly Girl with long hair, discovers she's attracted to women through Dallas while engaged to a man (as a result, whether she's a lesbian or bisexual is left ambiguous.
  • Better Than Chocolate:
    • Maggie definitely, who's a feminine lesbian with long hair and girly air generally.
    • Frances would be more chapstick, as though she's got sharp hair and more masculing clothing, she's not really butch in other ways.
    • Judy, who's also transgender, is a lesbian with long hair, usually dressed in a blouse at least if not a full dress, while always making herself up.
  • Bit: Laurel is a very feminine trans lesbian, always wearing her hair long while in skirts and blouses often. While Izzy and Frog's attire/manner isn't entirely traditional (with short hair in Frog's case, plus slightly more tomboyish attire), they don't qualify as butch either. They're probably best described as "chapstick", in between these styles.
  • Bloodthirsty: Grey and Charlie both favor overall feminine styles, although it isn't that intense. They largely just come off as average, putting them in chapstick territory.
  • In Bound (1996) gangster's moll Violet is one of these who falls for ex-con tough girl Corky. She's a Girly Girl with a curly feminine hairstyle, wearing revealing clothes throughout the film.
  • Boys on the Side: Jane is a chapstick lesbian, neither butch nor femme but an average in between. It turns out that Robin, whom she believed was straight, also loves her. Robin has average looks as well.
  • Breaking the Girls: Alex and Nina are both feminine lesbians. They have long hair and often wear very nice dresses along with being madeup.
  • Megan and Hilary in But I'm a Cheerleader. Megan is the titular cheerleader, and Hilary, as the product of an all-girl boarding school, is prone to clothing reminiscent of school girl uniforms.
  • In Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the very feminine Rebecca Gillies harbours a crush on Bridget.
  • Carmen y Lola: Both the title characters are feminine young women, especially Carmen, who both have long hair. They enjoy makeup, fashionable clothing and jewelry. They get into a relationship. However, Carmen seems to be more a lipstick bisexual, since she was already happily engaged with a man at first. Lola on the other hand only shows attraction to women.
  • Carol: Both Carol and Therese remain feminine, in spite of other changes they go through (most notably having a relationship together).
  • Chasing Amy: Alyssa is revealed to be one, with long hair and a pretty girly manner, contrasting to her butch lover Kim in the lesbian bar. Later, however, she is shown to be a lipstick bisexual/pansexual.
  • Colette: Colette and Georgie are both bisexual women who (mostly, in Colette's case, exclusively for Georgie's) dress in nice dresses while they largely conform to gender presentation that was expected from them overall, while having a relationship together (and with Willy).
  • Compulsion (2016): Sadie and Francesca are both feminine women who have a relationship. Both largely wear very beautiful (highly revealing, in Sadie's case) dresses, with a demure air most of the time. Francesca has long hair, and though Sadie's got it short the elegant style doesn't make it come off as unfeminine. Sadie however is bisexual as she's left her boyfriend when they get together.
  • D.E.B.S.. Both Amy Bradshaw and Lucy Diamond pretend to be tough but are, deep down, nice, feminine girls who are very much in love with each other.
  • The Duke Of Burgundy: Cynthia and Evelyn are both very elegant, feminine women in a BDSM relationship.
  • Elena Undone: Elena is a very elegant woman with long hair, who wears makeup and generally feminine clothing (she's probably bisexual, given Peyton is the first women she ever was attracted to). Peyton is less so, certainly far from butch either, with more in-between looks.
  • Entre Nous (2021): Elodie and Laetitia are a couple, while both have long hair but they usually wear average clothing, putting them in chapstick territory. Laetitia is bisexual though.
  • Feast of Love: Kathryn and Jenny would fall more into the chapstick category. They have average feminine looks, not especially pronounced, and become a couple. As she apparently never found a woman attractive before Jenny Kathryn might instead be bisexual though.
  • Femme Fatale (2002): Veronica appears to be one. She's a very feminine model with long hair and a willowy build in a nearly nonexistent bejeweled outfit who gets seduced easily by Laure (while in a rather butch getup) to steal the jewels. It may not be the case however as they're actually accomplices, thus this could all be for show. On the other hand, she seems very enthustiastic while having sex with Laure.
  • First Girl I Loved: Anne, and possibly Sasha, who both have feminine looks/attire.
  • Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives: They were less common in the 40's and 50's, according to women interviewed, though some of them qualified according to their looks as shown. One also made herself into a femme on getting involved with a fellow butch. Laura and Mitch, the two lesbians from the pulp story, are also quite feminine.
  • Gia: Gia's lover Linda, who is a makeup artist and much more feminine in comparison with Gia.
  • Gigli: Ricki, with a more feminine appearance in comparison to her ex-girlfriend Robin.
  • Girls Like Magic: Maggie is a very feminine Girly Girl with long hair who falls for Jamie, a lesbian tomboy who she became friends with.
  • The Guest House: Amy has long hair and very feminine clothing. She's also into women, getting into a relationship with Rachel (who's at least bisexual, possibly a lesbian, as it's left ambiguous).
  • The Haunting (1963): Theo is all but stated to prefer women - and she's always dressed fashionably, with her hair done and some jewellery. She also shows Nell how to paint her nails (and in pink!). In the remake from 1999, Theo is openly bisexual (with a girlfriend and boyfriend at the same time who know about each other). She wears her hair long and has fairly feminine attire, though it isn't exaggerated.
  • Head in the Clouds: Gilda and Mia dress in very beautiful dresses most of the time, their hair styled nicely, along with wearing jewelry. They turn out to be bisexuals, having been lovers before in the past while they also both have relationships with Guy, among other men.
  • Heatwave (2022): Claire and Eve (or at least a lipstick bisexual, in Eve's case, as she's married to a man). Both have long hair and wear elegant feminine clothing which highlights their looks (though that's not hard to begin with).
  • Higher Learning: Taryn is a feminine lesbian, with long hair and conventional clothing, although she's also not extremely so. Kristen is at least possibly bisexual and interested in Taryn, with a similar look.
  • Holly Slept Over: Downplayed, but Holly is a demure, long-haired woman who always dresses in clothes which show off her good looks. She's bisexual however, having a threesome with Audra, her ex-girlfriend, and Audra's husband Noel. Audra herself is more average than anything, and doesn't use labels. Pete even explictly says Holly is a lipstick lesbian on seeing her photo.
  • I Can't Think Straight: Tala and Leyla both qualify, as they present themselves in traditionally feminine ways. Of course, it's expected since they begin as not "out" even to themselves and come from traditional cultures.
  • Jack & Diane: Diane is a very femme lesbian, with long hair, feminine clothing and a girlish voice.
  • Jagged Mind: Most of the lesbians who appear in the film have longish to long hair, with fairly feminine clothing styles, such as favoring blouses with skirts or tights. Billie, the protagonist, is a bit more of a tomboy, but certainly not butch.
  • Jennifer's Body: Jennifer, who seems to be a lipstick bisexual, wears her long hair, with feminine clothing (including very short skirts) at all times, having sex with a lot of men. She also seems very into her female best friend Needy. Actress Megan Fox says she played her as a very closeted lesbian. Needy, conversely, has a boyfriend who she seems into but also appears to find Jennifer attractive. She dresses more frumpily, but in a likewise feminine way, and thus may also be a lipstick bisexual.
  • Kaboom!: Stella and her girlfriend Lorelei both have long hair while mostly wearing feminine clothing, the latter especially favoring stylish dresses.
  • Kiss Me (2011): Mia is usually very feminine, with long hair, wearing elegant blouses and skirts. Frida is more chapstick, with an average presentation, along with her partner Elin.
  • Kiss of the Damned: Maia is a feminine bisexual who is always well made up, having long hair with stylish skirts and blouses. She has a threesome with a man and woman, plus hypnotizing Paolo into sex.
  • Kissing Jessica Stein: Jessica and Helen (lipstick bisexuals actually). They dress and act femme, with a plot point being that both love lipstick (discussing what kind is good).
  • Last Christmas: Marta and Alba, her roommate, act or dress no differently than the straight women in the film, letting it be a surprise that they're also in a relationship.
  • In Life Blood, Brooke and Rhea are models who are also lesbians, and later they're lesbian vampires.
  • Life Partners: Most of the lesbian characters in the film are very feminine.
  • Liz In September: Most of the lesbian friends are conventionally feminine, though Liz is a bit more chapstick, with long hair (except in Coqui's case, though she's girly overall). Eva's apparently bisexual, though with the same feminine style.
  • Lost and Delirious: Tori, who acts and dresses femininely while being in a relationship with another girl.
  • Love Is Not Perfect: Elena is a feminine bisexual with long hair who likes to wear stylish blouses.
  • Loving Annabelle: Annabelle, who's pretty feminine (though perhaps with a slight tomboyish streak), while Ms. Bradley (assuming she's not bisexual) would also be an example with her even more traditional looks.
  • Margarita: The main character Margarita is an example, as are most of her lesbian friends, who have long hair and more feminine clothing.
  • Margarita with a Straw: Khanum is a feminine woman who's revealed to be a lesbian.
  • May: Polly. She's a Girly Girl who's only shown being into women, first May and then Ambrosia. Ambrosia also counts as this trope, with long hair and very revealing feminine outfits, especially showing off her shapely long legs. May is herself possibly bisexual, with long hair, a shy demure air (at first) and makes herself feminine clothes like long dresses.
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post: According to the counselors at God's Promise, one of the girl's is lesbian because she's too feminine. More specifically, Jessica's into pageants and her beauty led to her feeling inadequate in her femininity, which in turn led to her same-sex attraction. Cameron, Coley, and a number of other lesbian girls all also have traditionally feminine looks, but they aren't as pronounced.
  • Miss New York in Miss Congeniality, given that she's a beauty queen. Her girlfriend too, evident in the brief glimpse we get of her.
  • Mulholland Dr.: Betty and Rita. Also Camilla and Blond Camilla kissing at the dinner party. They're all women with long hair who wear dresses mostly, usually with an elegant manner.
  • The New Mutants: Dani is pretty chapstick, with long hair but no particular femme traits (nor butch). She's just a very average girl in how she acts and dresses who happens to be a lesbian.
  • A New York Christmas Wedding: Gabby and Jenni are both feminine women. They have long hair, like jewelry, (subtle) makeup and fine dresses, though generally they dress more casually. Jenni had fallen for her in the past, and finds they're engaged within the new timeline. Gabby is a lesbian, Jenni appears to be bisexual as there's no indication she wasn't really attracted to her fiancé David in the prime timeline, feeling torn between them at first.
  • Goth couple Medea Yarn and Hellabent from Otto; or Up with Dead People they wear long frilly dresses, make up and act very feminine all the time.
  • Jeanie in Out at the Wedding is one of these however she had been in the closet and repressed to the point where the movie begins with her marrying her boyfriend. Her Closet Key is a Butch Lesbian named Risa who Jeanie's straight sister originally paid to pretend to be her girlfriend, because she was afraid her family wouldn't approve of her black boyfriend.
  • The Perfection: Both Charlotte and Lizzie look conventionally femenine and are in a passionate relationship with each other.
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire: Héloïse is a proper lady in her appearance and manner per 18th century French standards, who also has an affair with Marianne, the female painter commissioned to do her portrait.
  • Princess Cyd: Two female friends of Miranda are married, and have classically feminine looks. Cyd is a lipstick bisexual for the same reasons.
  • Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: Elizabeth and Olive are both very feminine bisexuals. They have the expected femme hairstyles and clothing women in the early 20th century wore.
  • The Retreat (2021): Val has long hair and a slightly more feminine style. Renee is a bit more tomboyish, though neither is that pronounced.
  • Room in Rome: Natasha might be a lipstick bisexual, although she doesn't use the term, given her intense tryst with Alba while also being engaged to a man in Russia. She has on a very stylish dress to start, with long hair, and is quite feminine overall in her manner.
  • The Roommate: Irene is a lesbian with very feminine clothing and mannerisms.
  • Rough Night: Blair and Frankie, two femme women, both turn out to have dated in college. During the film Blair also hooks up with a man and woman at once, so she's probably bisexual. Near the end, they get back together.
  • Sappho: More lipstick bisexuals as they share a man, but Sappho and Helene are both very feminine despite their slightly androgynous flapper looks along with being involved together. Sappho always acts quite demure and even girlish, Helene is more elegant, with reserve befitting of a Proper Lady (she's an emigrant Russian aristocrat).
  • Saving Face: Lovers Vivian and Wil both have long hair. Wil likes to wear masculine clothing, but still isn't butch overall. Vivian wears feminine clothes and makeup.
  • She Hate Me: Fatima, Alex and most of the others are this, with a feminine style overall (though those two appear to really be bisexuals).
  • She's Gotta Have It: Opal is long-haired, wears nice dresses and jewelry, while being attracted to her friend Nola as a self-declared lesbian. Funnily enough, Nola (who's aggressively straight) is more butch, slightly, with her short hair and less feminine dress style. Jamie's surprised that Opal's a lesbian because her style doesn't fit the stereotype, but then admits this is silly after Opal notes lesbians can look like anything.
  • Show Me Love: Elin is a Girly Girl with long hair and feminine (often rather revealing) clothing, plus the usual teenage girl's interests. She falls for tomboy lesbian Agnes. Elin is likely bisexual though, as she's attracted only to boys before Agnes.
  • Side Effects: Dr. Siebert is a feminine woman who's revealed to have been in a relationship with Emily. The latter might also count, or at least be bisexual, as she's equally feminine.
  • Signature Move: Alma is a lesbian with long hair, wearing jewelry and she favors stylish blouses, a dress once or other feminine outfits usually.
  • Lucille from Sin City.
    Marv: Lucille's my parole officer. She's a dyke, but God knows why. With that body of hers she could have any man she wants.
  • Steam: Elizabeth has long hair, wearing a blouse and skirt at first with modest makeup, while being into women. Her girlfriend Niala is more carefree in her looks, with long hair too but more revealing tops and pants, though far from butch either (she's bisexual rather than lesbian like Elizabeth as well). Elizabeth adopts more of her style over time, including a nose ring.
  • The Summer of Sangaile: Auste likes to wear dresses, have stylish hair and otherwise acts very feminine. She's interested in fashion and making clothes. While Sangaile isn't nearly as girlish, she's still very far from butch in her style.
  • Summerland (2020): Alice and Vera. They both have prim and proper looks, though Alice is a bit less in the present. Vera remains especially so. They were lovers during the 20s and get back together later.
  • Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl: Adele is a Girly Girl with long hair who shows an instant attraction to Beth (she returns this), who's a bit less feminine than her. Both are more lipstick bisexuals as they show or relate attraction for guys too.
  • Switch (1991): Sheila Faxton is certainly not the "butch" type. She both acts quite feminine and wears very stylish, glamorous dresses, while nearly hooking up with Amanda.
  • Thelma: Thelma is a quite feminine young woman who's attracted to her female classmate Anja. Meanwhile Anja too is a feminine woman and reciprocates her attraction, but may be bisexual as she's also shown dating a guy before. However, Anja's attraction to her may be induced by Thelma's powers.
  • Theresa & Allison: All of the film's lesbians are at most chapstick, usually favoring more feminine hair (often long) and clothing styles, though they aren't always too pronounced. The same goes for bisexual woman Allison. They generally wear at least skirts, if not more revealing clothes. Theresa's maker was especially elegant.
  • They/Them (2022): Kim is a demure lesbian Girly Girl with long hair.
  • Trap For Cinderella: Do had long hair, a demure manner and wore feminine outfits. It turns out she loved Micky, her female best friend.
  • Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story: Alex, who dresses femininely and has long locks of hair. Her girlfriend Frankie and Hannah, a lesbian they know, also have similar looks.
  • Tromeo and Juliet: Ness, Juliet's girlfriend initially, is long-haired and wears feminine, revealing clothing usually. Juliet herself appears to be a lipstick bisexual, having an equally feminine style but later falling in love with Tromeo, leaving Ness for him. Ness is saddened by this but supportive.
  • The Truth About Jane: Jane isn't super feminine, but feminine enough in her clothing, with long hair, and Taylor exceeds her. Ms. Walcott is even more so also, with a slightly old-fashioned feminine hairstyle and clothing, while her girlfriend is a bit less.
  • V for Vendetta: Valerie, as shown in flashbacks, was portrayed as being classically feminine. It doesn't stop her from being persecuted by the Norsefire regime.
  • We Are the Night:
    • Louise is a very elegant lesbian vampire who always wears stylish skirts or dresses along with her long hair.
    • Charlotte is indicated to be bisexual, with a very similar style.
    • Nora is implied to be bi as well, with a perky goth look and otherwise acts very girly, even childishly so.
  • When Evil Calls: Molly is really bisexual, it's revealed (due to having cheated on her girlfriend with a boy), though otherwise she fits the trope very well, with long hair and feminine clothing. Usually it's a revealing school uniform (i.e. tight blouse and very short skirt) or her basketball uniform, which is also skimpy. These only highlight her existing good looks.
  • When Night is Falling: Both Camille and Petra qualify given their feminine looks, though the former appears to be bisexual. Possibly; her relationship with her boyfriend appears somewhat shallow.
  • The White Orchid: The White Orchid was a lipstick bisexual, a very elegant woman who liked to wear fancy dresses, with long hair, very red lipstick and acting in a highly feminine manner. Claire also emulates this when taking on the same style, and goes to bed with a woman.
  • With a Kiss I Die: Farryn and Juliet are both young women with a feminine style that get into a relationship. However, at least Juliet's bisexual, while Farryn's preference is not specified beyond her.
  • Alex Fisher is quite feminine in the 2008 remake of The Women. Being played by Jada Pinkett Smith helps.

  • Improbably, as is pointed out by some of the characters - including herself, Jacyl from Black Dogs. As an elven scout she's often weeks or months on end in the wilderness with no hot baths and limited pack space, yet she needs to carry several different outfits and makeup along with her. Her former guardian remarked that he first came across her while her house was burning down and that despite this, she was attempting to save her dresses. Her partner is the Butch Lesbian Sinai.
  • The Burning Kingdoms: Priya and Malina are both feminine women, with their hair long while they wear saris as is expected from their gender. They fall in love together over time.
  • The Change Room:
    • Eliza and Shar are both overall feminine women who have an affair together. They have long hair, enjoying wearing dresses and putting on makeup for special occasions, while both usually dress more casually, with a less feminine style. Both are attracted to men too though.
    • Sophie and her girlfriend Binta are feminine teenage girls with long hair who like wearing flattering, revealing clothes.
  • The Chronicles of Dorsa: Tasia and Mylla, her handmaid/lover, are both very feminine bisexual women. Both have long hair, wear gowns and were raised to be proper ladies by their families (Tasia is a princess, while Mylla's nobility). At the same time, both also sleep with men, but this is solely for pleasure and they have a romance. Once they part, Tasia becomes involved with her bodyguard Joslyn, a Butch Lesbian soldier.
  • Felicity Worthington, from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, behaves like a proper Victorian girl. There are very few hints about her true sexual orientation (subtext only). However, it is revealed in The Sweet Far Thing that she is in fact a lesbian and was in love with Pippa Cross. Probably due to the attitude of the time, she views this part of her with contempt and is in the closet about it; she seems to think that this means there is something wrong with her. Pippa is another example, although she also expresses interest in boys, so she's either bisexual or If It's You, It's Okay.
  • Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating: ​Hani is a lipstick bisexual, with very long hair and favoring dresses or other feminine attire. In general, she's quite demure at first, into fashion and likes using makeup.
  • The Hearts We Sold: Gremma is openly gay, and while she's certainly aggressive, she's not masculine. She's described as being positively lovely, and has an appreciation for the finer things in life.
  • Into the Drowning Deep: Olivia looks traditionally feminine, to the point where she often cosplays Emma Frost, and is exclusively interested in women.
  • Just Juliet: Juliet, who gets established as gay early on, has long hair, loves getting made up, mostly wears feminine clothing, and is planning to get into fashion. Lena isn't described as much since the story's all from her view, but has very similar tastes, though she's bisexual.
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club: Lily and other lesbians she sees favor a feminine dress style with long hair, usually wearing very nice dresses when they're on the town.
  • Manifestation: The main protagonist, Gabby Palladino, is a teenage lesbian with a very feminine style in her clothing and personal tastes.
  • A Master of Djinn: Siti likes to wear dresses, especially beautiful ones and looks great wearing them, but still has short hair while she's a fierce fighter as well, so she's more chapstick.
  • Danny, the protagonist of April Daniels's Nemesis, to the point that she wears makeup more for the sake of it than to be beautiful.
  • In Odd Girl Out, published in 1957, the feminine Laura initially doesn't believe she can be a lesbian because she knows about homosexuals—"the men were great sissies, and the women wore pants."
  • Of Fire and Stars:
    • Dennaleia is a demure and feminine girl who adheres to what's expected from women, usually wearing different beautiful dresses. She's attracted to Mare, the sister of her fiance, and shows no desire for men. Over time she gets tougher, though her style doesn't change.
    • Ellaeni, her lady-in-waiting, it turns out also was seeing another woman who'd been the chief cook on the ship which took her to Lyrra, with much the same feminine style as Dennaleia's.
  • Presidential: Emily and Connie are both feminine women who like dressing up in beautiful clothes to go out on the town together while they're dating. The same goes for Brooke, Emily's ex-girlfriend. Connie is a lipstick bisexual however, having previously been married to a man she loved.
  • Redfern Jon Barrett's alternate history novel Proud Pink Sky is set in the world's first gay state – and features Flora, a district for lipstick lesbians. Flora is also home to a thriving film industry.
  • The Queen Of Ieflaria: Esofi and Adale are actually both bisexuals, but they otherwise qualify. They're princesses who have long hair which is artfully styled and wear beautiful dresses. Esofi's frequently mentioned as wearing makeup too, including lipstick, and wears some particularly gorgeous dresses at times. They fall for each other over the course of the book.
  • In the Rollerskater saga, Dolly Mixture is a very feminine lesbian, wearing a lot of makeup and sporting a wardrobe of pretty clothes, including sundresses, turtleneck jumpers and pinafores, all in pastel and neutral colours.
  • In Sekhmet there is Seraphine, a princess who is In Love with Love, dresses in a feminine, Gothic style, and falls in live with Delta, an Action Girl from the Volcanic Plains. Doe is in love with Ayala, dresses in pink, and writes poetry. Ayala is also an example, because she wears dresses and hopes to be a fashion designer.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt has a 17th century example of this in her novel "De skandalösa", when the beautiful and docile Venus Dag och Natt turns out to be gay. She is way more traditionally feminine than Butch Lesbian Nora Gripklo.
  • Something to Talk About:
    • Emma reveals she's bisexual. She's got long hair and is overjoyed to wear a very pricey, stylish dress.
    • Jo turns out to be a closeted lesbian, with a similar personal style to Emma's from what's said.
  • Sorry, Bro: Nareh is a feminine bisexual woman with long hair who often wears dresses. Erebuni, a bisexual woman as well, wears sexy blouses and skirts, but isn't quite as feminine, having short curly hair while more often wearing shirts with slacks. Her mom is incredulous at first that Nareh can be into women because she's so girly.
  • Sweet & Bitter Magic: Tamsin and Wren. Both are feminine girls with long hair who wear dresses, though it's not especially pronounced. They are also both lesbians, it's revealed, and fall for each other.
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel: Sana is a very feminine lesbian, almost always wearing a skirt and blouse (if not in her cheerleader outfit), usually with her long hair groomed impeccably (which she puts into a ponytail), plus always making herself up.
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Poornima "Nim" Chaudhary is openly gay, though she's occasionally taken an interest in guys and thinks she might be bi with a preference for gals, and really likes fashion.
  • Zara Hossain Is Here: Zara is bisexual, Chloe's a lesbian. They both have long hair, liking to wear jewelry, makeup and skirts like most of their fellow teenage girls.

    Live-Action TV 
  • All Rise: A Lipstick Bisexual example. Lisa Benner is usually wearing feminine clothing and has a fairly traditional appearance overall, as well as mentioning that she had a husband that died not too long ago. A Fair Lockdown features her getting shut-in with Jean Frost, revealing later on in the episode that she was her ex-girlfriend back in law school. Season 2 features Benner trying to score a date with Sara's help too, with a good majority of her matches being women.
  • Almost Family: Edie and Amanda qualify, dressing and acting in a traditionally feminine way. Both are technically bisexual since they admit attraction to men, but only identify themselves as lesbians.
  • Lana Winters from American Horror Story: Asylum is a glamorous woman who is usually seen wearing skirts and dresses along with makeup and possesses long, styled hair. Her girlfriend, Wendy, is less so but still a conventionally feminine woman.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (2020):
    • Dawn casually mentions she'd be open to a relationship with anyone on "the gender spectrum" to Mary-Anne, which indicates Dawn's pansexual. She's also pretty feminine in general.
    • In Season 2, Janine reveals that she is in love with her friend Ashley Wyeth and presents herself in a feminine manner, but downplayed compared to her sister. Ashley's also quite feminine.
  • Batwoman (2019): Sophie's quite feminine, and eventually admits she's a lesbian, having been in denial of the fact for some time. Julia and Reagan, who Kate also briefly dates, are femme as well.
  • Being Human (US): Emily is a lesbian and wears normal clothing and isn't stereotypical. Though she does have some Butch Lesbian tendencies by the fact that she doesn't like wearing dresses but will wear one for special occasions and she mostly just hangs out with guys, putting her in more chapstick territory.
  • Betty: The femme girl who Kirt dates always has makeup, girly clothing and acts in a feminine way. Honeybear and Ash are largely feminine too, though not to the same degrees.
  • DC Jo Masters from The Bill has been described like this, although she doesn't really advertise it. Rather large in the chest department, she had Eddie (the male crime scene examiner) ask her on a date. She told him they'd go for a drink and she'd explain.
  • After her coming-out storyline, Beth Jordache from Brookside (played by Anna Friel) was labeled as a "lipstick lesbian" by the British media, receiving equal attention from young women and young men.
  • The Boys (2019): Maeve is long-haired, wears feminine clothing, and it turns out that she's a closeted bisexual (though outed as a lesbian, with Vought sticking to the label as it's "easier"). Her ex-girlfriend Elena is equally feminine, and resists Vought's attempt to make her look butch so she'll fit into traditional gender roles with Maeve.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow (after she comes out in Season 4) and Tara. Willow is prone to lots of "girly" colors in her clothes, and Tara seemed to prefer dresses.
  • Burden of Truth: Molly and Luna are both feminine and dated in high school. Later on, Luna dates another feminine woman named Stevie.
  • Nurse Patsy Mount from Call the Midwife is a ruby-lipped circa-1960 glamour girl like her straight coworker Trixie (if quieter and more serious), with a penchant for patterned silks.
  • Carnival Row: Tourmaline is a female Girly Girl fairy who previously had been with her female best friend Vignette. They later get back together and marry.
  • Chasing Life: Greer's a lesbian who loves to wear dresses, has long hair and has feminine interests.
  • Cold Case: In "Best Friends" Rose is a demure young woman with long hair who always wears a nice skirt and blouse. She begins a relationship with butch lesbian Billie. It's possible Rose is bisexual, as her other relationships are with men (but then, this could be just cover too, given the homophobia she faces).
  • The Confessions of Frannie Langton: Frannie and Marguerite are both feminine women. They have long hair, and wear the elaborate dresses which were expected. Anything else when this was set (1820s' England) would have been shocking and scandalous. As it is, they have to keep secret that they're lovers. Marguerite sleeps with a man by choice once, but this was indicated to just be for comfort in a moment of weakness.
  • Control Z: Gaby is long-haired and wears feminine clothing, while secretly into women.
  • Conversations with Friends: Frances is long-haired, pretty demure and also wears fairly conventionally feminine clothing, but it isn't exaggerated. She's bisexual and previously dated African-American lesbian Bobbi, who's now best friends with her.
  • Counterpart: Though short-haired, Greta's sweet and pretty feminine in other ways. She dates Baldwin, a Butch Lesbian hitwoman (but she's unaware of her profession at first).
  • Creepshow: In "Lydia Lane's Better Half" both Lydia and Celia, her girlfriend, count. The latter especially, who has long hair and a very nice blue dress. Lydia, though she wears slacks and a shirt instead, also has a very regal feminine look, along with long hair. Both are very stylish overall.
  • Cursed: Morgana and Celia are secretly lovers (as they're nuns at the start). Both are also feminine young women with long hair and wear dresses, as was expected then.
  • Dark Desire: Edith is a lesbian, it turns out, with very feminine looks. Leonardo finds it funny as a result that Alma believed he was involved with her.
  • Das Boot: Simone always dresses and acts in traditionally feminine ways. Her being a lesbian is a big surprise for the audience.
  • Dates: Erica has long hair, wearing stylish blouses and skirts. She's demure and reserved usually (though alcohol later makes her loosen up). She's a closeted lesbian at first before coming out.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation:
    • The feminine and frilly Zoe realizes that she's a lesbian. It becomes a big deal because people (including her own mother) don't believe she's gay because she's so feminine.
    • Fiona. There's nothing remotely tomboyish about her and she defies the stereotypical Butch Lesbian.
  • Deputy: Bishop's girlfriend Genevieve is a very feminine lesbian with long hair who gets dolled up while on the town in a flattering blouse and skirt. When they break up, Bishop dates Julie, who's equally feminine.
  • Dickinson: Emily and Sue, who are very feminine in mannerisms and style. More lipstick bisexuals, as both of them have relationships with men too that seem genuinely desired.
  • A Discovery of Witches: Diana's lesbian aunts are indistinguishable from other middle-aged women aside from their sexual orientation.
  • Doctor Who:
    • When not kicking ass, Madame Vastra and her wife Jenny Flint are decked out in lovely Victorian dresses.
    • "Arachnids in the UK": Minor character Frankie, mentioned to be married to Jack Robertson's niece, is wearing a well-tailored pantsuit, as well as having her hair nicely done and wearing makeup.
  • Don't Look Deeper: Aisha and Jenny, who it turns out she'd been involved with are girls with a chapstick look (long hair, but fairly average clothing). In Aisha's case she seems to be bisexual, with her dating a boy initially too, but Jenny isn't shown as attracted to anyone but Aisha.
  • Lucy in Dracula (2013) is a lipstick lesbian, while Lady Jayne is a lipstick bisexual. Lucy in particular wears copious amounts of ultra-feminine dresses, mostly in varying shades of pink and purple. Jayne is more a Lady of War, favoring leather, though still in a feminine style. Lucy secretly loves Mina, and Jayne encourages her to act on her feelings. Jayne is shown enthusiastically having sex with men, but says she had multiple female lovers before ever seeing any.
  • Equal: Many of the lesbians shown have a feminine style indistinguishable from the norm in the 50's and 60's. Lorraine Hansberry is a famous example shown, with the lesbians she befriended or had relationships having the same style.
  • ER's Kerry Weaver is more of a chapstick lesbian—attractive, feminine, but short-haired and abrasive—but her companions tend to fit this trope (with the slight exception of Sandy, who despite her decidedly feminine looks, has a unisex name, is a firefighter, and like Kerry, an abrasive personality).
  • Euphoria: Jules is more of a lipstick bisexual, hooking up with tons of guys and then finding love with Rue, her female friend. She has long hair and very femme looks.
  • Amy from Faking It zigzags with this trope, as her entire plotline revolves around her discovering her sexual orientation and experimenting with gender performance. She starts out with long hair and also often favors feminine attire. Upon realizing she's into her friend Karma though and after dating another girl (who's a Butch Lesbian), Amy gets a bit more tomboyish in her dress style, getting into chapstick territory.
  • The Family:
    • Willa, who is never anything less than properly feminine. She's also completely in the closet and before getting involved with Bridey doesn't seem to have been in touch with her sexuality at all. It later turns out her brother Danny knew all along.
    • Bridey too is a feminine lesbian (or perhaps bisexual woman) with long hair and mostly wearing pretty skirts with blouses.
  • Fantasy Island (2021):
    • Ruby is a feminine woman who enjoys wearing jewelry and dresses (though her hair is short). She is attracted to other women, but had kept it secret for years.
    • "The Romance and the Bromance" features two, Isabel and Rachel (her idol whom she goes into the past to meet), having a romance. Both are slightly less feminine than the norm in their periods though.
  • Feel Good: George (who is more of a lipstick bisexual), the woman she meets at the wedding and Laura are all feminine women with female lovers (or AFAB, in George's case, as her lover Mae's nonbinary) who have largely conventional looks.
  • The Firefly episode "War Stories" has Inara taking a female client (also of the Lipstick variety). According to Kaylee, this isn't the first time. Both Inara and the client wear fancy, elegant clothing.
  • The First Lady: Eleanor is a very genteel, elegant feminine woman who is always dressed in the way expected from a Proper Lady during the early 20th century, having an affair with Lorena "Hick" Hickok during the 30s. Hick meanwhile is more androgynous with flapper-style clothing, but certainly not butch either.
  • The Flash (2014): Nora only shows attraction to women, almost botching an incredibly simple mission over being too transfixed by the female target's good looks. Later confirmed by Eric Wallace, Season 5's writer, explicitly referring to her as lesbian. It's to the point that she puts on purple lipstick at super speed as part of her costume change. Overall she's feminine and girly.
  • For Life: Safiya along with her wife have a feminine hair and clothing style.
  • A French Village: Marguerite, who's feminine as the next woman per 1940s French standards, it turns out is a lesbian, having a photo of her girlfriend under her pillow. Lucienne it turns out is more of a lipstick bisexual, since she's equally feminine and sleeps with Marguerite but her other relationships were with men.
  • Ginny and Georgia: Max and Sophie are more chapstick, into girly stuff like their straight friends. though it's not very pronounced. At times Max also dresses a little more tomboyish too. Sophie is possibly bisexual, since she's dated boys too.
  • Gotham Knights (2023): Stephanie is a feminine girl with long hair, usually dressed in a blouse and skirt. It turns out she's a lesbian.
  • Margot Verger in Hannibal is very feminine, unlike her masculine book counterpart. Alana Bloom is a Lipstick Bisexual.
  • Highly feminine reporter Louise Ellison in Hell on Wheels was sent west at least partly to keep her away from her boss' daughter, but she didn't seem to mind when Bohannon kissed her either. She didn't really respond but that could have been just because she was shocked and surprised. In season four, she begins an affair with Governor John Campbell so it's likely she's really bisexual.
  • Season 4 of Heroes has Gretchen and Claire. Although this is more an example of a lipstick bisexual with Claire, as she's mostly in relationships with men. Both have long hair and feminine clothing, along with their manner.
  • Hightown: Jackie's ex-girlfriend and the other women she's seen with are all feminine lesbians.
  • Thirteen on House - or at least lipstick bisexual. She wears her hair long with stylish clothing.
  • Humans: Niska and Astrid, her girlfriend. They're both feminine and in a relationship.
  • In the Dark:
    • Jess is something of a chapstick lesbian. Her ex-girlfriend Vanessa turned out to be a lipstick bisexual and they split over Jess's anxiety at not being able to please her like a man.
    • Felix's sister Leslie is also a lipstick bisexual, it's revealed.
  • Irma Vep:
    • Mira and Laurie are both bisexual women who like feminine garb a lot of the time, along with wearing their hair long. It's not too extreme though, and both also wear other styles.
    • Zoe, an elegant feminine woman, also turns out to be a lesbian.
  • Just Shoot Me!:
    • Jill, the gorgeous, very feminine model in "Two Girls For Every Boy". Finch is delighted when he learns she's attracted to Maya and begins trying his best to get them together for his pleasure, despite the fact that Maya is straight. They figure this out and play along to screw with him as revenge.
    • In "Finch and the Fighter" Kelly, a female boxer whom Finch dates, is something of a chapstick bisexual. She has long hair and is happy to wear a very sexy dress while on a date with him, but is otherwise in a profession considered traditionally masculine, mostly seen in workout clothes. Previously she had dated Butch Lesbian Maria.
    • In "Halloween? Halloween!" we have a second Kelly, a very beautiful, feminine woman who turns out to be a lesbian (she's also a model). She's into Finch, thinking that he's a butch lesbian in costume at a Halloween party, which he rolls with until the inevitable reveal.
  • Law & Order: Organized Crime: Ayanna Bell is a very taciturn lady with long hair and mostly feminine attire (more chapstick, as it's subtle) who also happens to be happily married to another woman (who's slightly more femme) and is expecting a child with her.
  • Liar (2017): DI Vanessa Harmon and her wife are both feminine women, with no stereotypical traits to indicate their sexual orientation.
  • Lip Service: Tess and Cat have long hair with feminine styles of dress, though Tess is a bit more "chapstick".
  • Line of Duty: Joanne Davidson it turns out previously was dating Farida Jatri in Series 6. Both are more chapstick, with average looks no different than their straight female colleagues, which also lets their sexual orientation stay a surprise until it's revealed. Jo is then shown dating a red-haired woman later at the end in witness protection, who she's clearly happy with and also has a feminine style.
  • Lost Girl: All of the lesbians and bisexual women on the show are feminine, though to varying degrees. They all have long hair with average or more girly clothing, depending on the person and occasion, putting some more into chapstick styles. Bo (bisexual) and Lauren (lesbian) start as the main sapphic female characters, with their on and off relationship being a plot arc which spans the series. Evony and Tamsin (both of them bisexual) are introduced later. Additionally, Crystal (lesbian), Nadia (lesbian) and Dagny (pansexual) are supporting characters.
  • Luna Nera: Tebe and Janara are in a relationship together. Both have long hair and wear elegant dresses, as was expected from women in the 1600s.
  • The L Word: Most of the cast, quite deliberately. Ilene Chaiken publicly claimed that the show would never have been made if it hadn't pandered to the Male Gaze (and unfortunately, she's probably right). However, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. The show seemed to have a well-rounded group of lesbians who were feminine, butch, or somewhere in between. The fact that the show had so many overtly feminine lesbians was fairly groundbreaking, in having so many non-stereotypical lesbians. And it seemed even less about "lipstick lesbians" than it was simply "women who have different styles of dress." Shane dresses in an androgynous and punk rock way, Bette is fond of prim suits and button-down shirts, Alice is girly with a tomboyish streak, Jenny is overtly girly most of the time, Dana seems to be somewhere between tomboy and girly, and Tina seems to have a bit of a boho thing going on.
  • The Magicians (2016): Marina 23, at least, who has a girlfriend she intends to marry. It's possible main-timeline Marina is a lesbian as well, though it's never actually confirmed.
  • Manifest: Saanvi and her ex-girlfriend, who are both very feminine. Her ex may be bisexual though, since she's married to a man.
  • The Mick: Sabrina is a pretty femme girl, with long hair, wearing skirts, blouses or dresses frequently and liking girly things. In "The Juice" she dates Alexis, a lesbian jock. Sabrina also dates guys however, refusing any labels for her sexual orientation.
  • mixed•ish: Paul's estranged mother and her partner, who both appear as ordinary and feminine middle-aged women.
  • My Dead Ex: Wren is a feminine girl with long hair who likes to wear revealing tops and leggings just like Charley, her straight best friend, though Wren's slightly more into chapstick territory as a result of her sarcastic, mildly tomboyish personality. She's openly pursuing another girl at school (but possibly bisexual) who is if anything even more feminine than her.
  • Nancy Drew (2019): Bess, who has long hair, with a feminine clothing style and manner, is also a lesbian. She's shown looking for dates with women by a dating app, and gets a girlfriend in the early half of the show.
  • NOS4A2: Maggie is revealed to be a lesbian (by abruptly having sex with a woman she's just met). She's got a faminine style, with long hair, wearing stylish blouses and skirts while using makeup. The woman she hooks up with in the scene is also quite feminine, and has a style that's similar.
  • No Tomorrow:
    • Sofia is a very feminine woman who turns out to be a lesbian, starting a relationship with Kareema. She's engaged to Rohan, Kareema's brother, but only to get citizenship.
    • Kareema however is more of a chapstick bisexual, since she's a bit more tomboyish (though also far from butch) and also into men (in fact, Sofia was apparently her Closet Key regarding same-sex attraction).
  • Lizzy on One Big Happy doesn't show any stereotypical traits. Though considering the show is produced by Ellen Degeneres, she's closer to a "chapstick" lesbian.
  • Orange Is the New Black: Franzizka (Poussey's German girlfriend shown in flashbacks) and Shani, an ICE detainee who gets involved with Nicky. Both are very feminine, in contrast to their lovers.
  • Delphine from Orphan Black likes to dress in very expensive-looking and feminine clothing, and winds up in a relationship with Cosima.
  • The Orville: There was no indication that Charly had any interest in women prior to "Twice in a Lifetime", but the reason she hates the Kaylon (and, by extension, Isaac) so much is because she was in love with her best friend and saw herself having a life with her, and the Kaylon had killed Amanda with the rest of their ship before she had the chance to tell her so. She tells Isaac as much in the same episode. Charly has long hair and a conventional feminine look overall, but it isn't exaggerated-more chapstick.
  • Out Of Practice, a failed show on CBS, had a central character who screamed this trope to the heavens. She dressed provocatively, threw herself at women, and couldn't open her mouth without bringing up the topic of her sexuality.
  • The Pact: Tish is a bisexual with long hair who's seen early on wearing a very nice dress when off work. She ends her relationship with her boyfriend and later dates Butch Lesbian Cat.
  • Pandora: Jax and Atria are both revealed to be lipstick bisexuals. They have long hair and wear stylish, feminine clothing like dresses (Atria especially, Jax when not in her more utilitarian military garb). Both have been involved with women and also men.
  • Paper Girls: 1999!KJ and Lauren, her girlfriend (especially the former). Both have long hair, with 1999!KJ wearing a nice dress at the time while being feminine overall.
  • Party of Five (2020): Teresa is quite feminine, and casually involved with another women. Although slightly tomboyish in her interests Lucia may be another example as her look is otherwise feminine and she's also attracted to Teresa. However, she's struggling with it.
  • Perry Mason (2020): Della and her girlfriend Hazel are both quite feminine, wear makeup and pretty clothes, and it's not obvious that they're lesbians until they're shown in bed with each other. In Season 2, Della sees Anita St. Pierre, who's also feminine, though a bit less so. They visit a lesbian bar with many other women partying there in stylish dresses as well (though with butch lesbians too).
  • Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams: "Real Life" has both Sarah and Katie, her wife, who appear completely indistinguishable from straight women, so the reveal of their relationship is surprising.
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock: Marion, Miss McCraw and Irma are all proper lady denizens of a finishing school. In the first two cases they're a couple, while the latter shows attraction to girls along with boys.
  • Pretty Little Liars: A show with an abundance of gay and bisexual women, specifically about stylish and attractive girls.
    • Emily is the obvious examples, being one of the titular "pretty" little liars.
    • Maya and Alison are both lipstick bisexuals.
    • Paige is more of a borderline example; she has various shades of a Butch Lesbian in the first season, but the following seasons give her a complete makeover including long hair, more revealing outfits and toned down her aggressive behavior (well, most of the time anyway), which pretty much makes her qualify too.
    • Shana, Talia, and to lesser extent Samara also fit the trope. Jenna is revealed to be a lipstick bisexual.
    • If one counts the Ambiguously Bi, Mona also fits here.
  • The Republic of Sarah: Alexis Whitmore is a very elegant feminine woman who always wears skirts and has long hair (she might be bisexual, as she's married to a man), who's seeing AJ (herself more chapstick, as her style is a bit less femme, though hardly butch either).
  • On the Philippine teleserye The Rich Man's Daughter, three of the four lesbians are feminine, namely the two principal characters Jade and Althea, and the latter's ex Wila.
  • Riverdale provides a very literal example in the person of Cheryl Blossom: her bright red shade of lipstick is one of her signature characteristics.
  • Roswell, New Mexico: Isobel turns out to be bisexual, with a cowboy aesthetic but also feminine style that includes long hair, using makeup, wearing skirts and jewelry frequently.
  • Both Nomi and her girlfriend Amanita in Sense8 are very feminine, though that doesn't stop them from briefly participating in a Dykes on Bikes event in the San Francisco Pride Parade. It's possible Amantia is bisexual though, since her hair is dyed in the colors of the bi pride flag.
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls: Leighton's a very femme woman who's always made up with long hair and very stylish clothing, while also being a closeted lesbian.
  • Shadowhunters: Olivia and Samantha, her girlfriend, are both long haired, acting and dressing overtly feminine.
  • The Shannara Chronicles: Lyria's a very elegant princess who wears gorgeous dresses, while also being into women.
  • She's Gotta Have It: Opal and Nola. They have long hair, jewelry and like feminine clothing, but it isn't exaggerated. Nola however is pansexual, with Opal being the only woman she's seen with.
  • Edie from Six Feet Under is a very attractive lesbian—a sensual blue-eyed blonde. She dresses sexy, too.
  • Skins:
    • Emily Fitch, especially in Season 3 where she has a very girly, innocent fashion style.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Lucretia, a lipstick bisexual who enjoys sex with both men and women, including some threesomes, is usually dressed in the trailing, elegant dresses of a Roman nobleman with long hair (actually a wig) impeccably done up. Ilithya is also a bisexual (but never actually has sex with a woman onscreen, despite bedding more than one man, who has this style too.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty: One of the debutante girls has come with her girlfriend as her escort. Both of them wear fancy dresses with their hair styled, just as the straight girls do. However, at the actual debutante ball, one is in a gown while the other has on a tux, so whether this is either one's preferred clothing style isn't clear.
  • Supergirl (2015):
    • Maggie Sawyer, who is a tough cop who is more in the "chapstick" category (she has long hair, but also more masculine clothing and a somewhat tomboyish manner, but not enough for "butch" either). She had an alien ex-girlfriend who learned English by tongue contact.
    • Alex Danvers also realizes she's lesbian (due to her attraction for Maggie) and is similar. She's got short hair, largely masculine clothing and a law enforcement job, while otherwise being feminine.
    • Kelly Olsen is quite feminine, and it turns out she's lesbian as well.
  • Survivors: Anya turns out to be a chapstick bisexual, with long hair and conventional looks in between butch or lipstick stereotype, when it's revealed she was once involved with her friend Jenny in the past. Meanwhile, she's got a strong, mutual attraction to Tom.
  • S.W.A.T. (2017): In "Never Again" Chris is revealed to be dating Kira, a woman with long hair and traditionally feminine clothing. However, like Chris she's bisexual.
  • Switched at Birth: It's revealed in "Human/Need/Desire" that Natalie is either a lesbian or bisexual (she's dating a girl later). Natalia has a feminine style of dress and manner overall.
  • Timeless: Denise is a lesbian who's married to a woman and has children with her, who is mostly shown in business attire or more feminine clothing at times, with long hair.
  • Tipping the Velvet (2002): Kitty may dress up as a boy for the stage, but is conventionally feminine outside the theater. Ms. Lethaby, Zena and Florence could also qualify. Nan, however, gets more butch as the story goes on. We also see a number of minor lesbian characters who have feminine looks.
  • Trinkets:
    • Sabine, Elodie's love interest. She has long hair, plus generally feminine clothing.
    • Elodie fits more as "chapstick", with in-between clothing but also short hair. Jillian in Season 2 is also an example, with long curly hair and much the same style as Elodie.
    • It's {[downplayed}} by Sam. She has piercings, one side of her hair shaved and wears flannel and very little to no makeup but has long hair and looks more feminine in comparison to her crush Elodie.
  • Twenties:
    • Lorraine, Hattie's sometime lover, is very femme with long hair, always made up and wears very stylish feminine clothing. She also dates men though and has rejected all labels.
    • Ida B, whom she gets involved with later, is an elegant women with the same kind of tastes.
  • Vida: Emma and (to a slightly lesser extent) Cruz (or lipstick bisexual, in Emma's case) who has a quite feminine style of dress. Possibly also Vida, assuming she was a lesbian and not bi, who always dressed in feminine ways from what we see.
  • We Are Who We Are: Maggie wears her hair long and has more feminine clothing when not in uniform. However, she's more "chapstick" than a straight example, since it isn't pronounced.
  • The Wheel of Time (2021): Moiraine and Siuan turn out to be long-term lovers. Both of them are feminine woman with long hair and wear elegant dresses most of the time.
  • The White Lotus: Valentina, who's always impeccably madeup in elegant pansuits with her hair down, turns out to be a closeted lesbian attracted by her female employee Isabella (who's straight), though she then had sex with Mia.
  • Why Women Kill: Joan and Grace are revealed to be having an affair. They also happen to be very feminine in their presentation, wearing fine dresses, always made up and with long hair.
  • Jaye's sister Sharon in Wonderfalls. About the most butch thing about her is that she smokes and drives an SUV.
  • Years and Years: Edith and Fran, who prior to being revealed as lesbians give no sign of it, with a style no different from most straight women.
  • Yellowjackets: Taissa and her wife Simone in the 2020s are both very femme, with long hair while wearing feminine clothing like nice dresses frequently.
  • You Me Her: Izzy and Emma are both feminine bisexuals, especially the latter. Both of them wear blouses, skirts and makeup regularly, with Emma having fairly long hair, Izzy's slightly shorter, while they act conventially feminine overall, though it's not especially pronounced. Later on, Emma's girlfriend Kylie is also feminine, as are Jett and Kim, whom they meet.

  • Implied in the MOTTS song "I Want Her". It's never mentioned what the sexuality of the object of her affections is, but the woman is noted as particularly feminine and alluring.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • They aren't above invoking Ho Yay for comedy, but The Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew is made up of two Heterosexual Life-Partners who have even helped each other regarding relationships with men (Jimmy Jacobs and "Sick" Nick Mondo). However, Lacey and Rain's SHIMMER merchandise tends to depict them as Girly Girl lesbians and their man hatred is at its strongest on the promotion's shows.


    Video Games 
  • Advanced V.G. As a dancer, Ayako Yuuki loves the spotlight and dresses provocatively to draw attention to herself. Her attire usually consists of a short loose-fitting halter-top, a skintight miniskirt, and high-heeled stilettos. But she also loves the female body, so she enters the VG tournamentnote  to take in all the eye candy... in hopes of hooking up with one of 'em.
  • In BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, Tyalie is the most unabashedly “girly” girl on the team, with a cute voice, frilly clothes, and multiple bows in her hair. The only hint that she’s a lesbian comes from the rainbow flag hanging proudly on the wall of her bedroom. (Well, that and her painfully obvious crush on Catie, the main heroine).
  • Maiko Maeda from Cyberpunk 2077. She's a very feminine woman and the ex-girlfriend of the resident Gay Option, Judy. Like many examples, she's very much Silk Hiding Steel. Female V can also be one, since the character creator offers many feminie hairstyles and make up, and you can find a lot of feminine clothing options in the gameplay.
  • Veronica Santangelo from Fallout: New Vegas. One of her quests involves finding a dress for her to wear, completely inverting Real Women Don't Wear Dresses as a result. Ironically, Veronica is also a Wrench Wench, fond of making off-colour jokes, and her favored weapon is a Power Fist.
  • Heather from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is pretty, very feminine, and into the ladies.
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story has Rika Ayano; she loves fashion and makeup, and her magical girl outfit is a super-cute Frills of Justice number, complete with a laser-shooting compact mirror for a weapon. The thing that caused her to become a magical girl was her sadness at the female childhood friend she was in love with getting a boyfriend.
  • Possibly Waitress Aurora in Pokémon Black and White, a character you go onto Ferris Wheel dates with if you play as Hilda. Her Japanese conversation mentions a boy, but the English version excludes that. The Ferris Wheel dates are full of innuendo and Aurora's is no exception.
  • Specialist Samantha Traynor in Mass Effect 3 is very feminine and only into women.
  • Franke from Psychonauts is best friends with the canonically bisexual Kitty. There's nothing in the games themselves to suggest they're anything but friends, however the "Campster" website (a parody of Friendster) suggests otherwise. Her "interests" list only Kitty, her favorite band is t.A.T.u., and her favorite show is Ellen. Both Franke's and Kitty's profiles list each other in an "open relationship" with the other.
  • Audrey Shear in The Sims 3 Roaring Heights. Other than being married to a woman when the neighborhood is first played, Audrey has the looks and personality of a stereotypical 1920's housewife. Her wife Dylan on the other hand, dresses in a more androgynous style.
  • Unpacking: The protagonist's girlfriend, who moves in with her in 2015. Her clothing is quite a bit more traditionally feminine, and she owns more makeup and cosmetics than the protagonist.

    Visual Novels 
  • Misha from Katawa Shoujo. She's very feminine and even has (explicitly dyed) pink hair and is a lesbian. She has deep issues over the fact.
  • Jaehee from Mystic Messenger was made to cut her hair short and wear glasses when she started working for Jumin in order to look more androgynous, but in the good ending of her route where she quits her assistant job with him and starts a cafe with the player character, she begins to dress how she wants, growing her hair out long and wearing dresses with ruffles and frills. While her attraction to MC during her main route is downplayed and skirted around, she all but confesses her romantic feelings towards her in the Christmas DLC — at the end of it, MC kisses Jaehee on the cheek as she sleeps and resolves to work up the courage to tell her that she loves her too.
  • Lambdadelta from Umineko: When They Cry, the Cute Witch surrounded by pink and candy who only has eyes for fellow witch Bernkastel.

  • Didi of Bomango is cute, perky, petite, extremely feminine, and a lesbian. Meanwhile, her Polar Opposite Twin "sister" Gogo note  is a towering, ripped Brawn Hilda with monstrous/animal-like features such as claws, an extremely masculine, boisterous, and violent personality, and is straight as a board.
  • Contrasts: Ahsoka and Barriss, respectively.
    • Ahsoka's crush on Barriss is very obvious. She's also quite feminine, even girlish at times, in her manner. Ahsoka may be a lipstick bisexual, assuming her attraction to Lux is still part of the comics' world.
    • Barriss eventually reciprocates Ahsoka's attraction. Her style is even more feminine, as she's outfitted in something more closely resembling a dress, with her head scarf too, and is a demure person.
  • Darkest Night: Bisexuals actually, but Nessa is long-haired with feminine clothing, the same as Ava, liking Butch Lesbian Mags but also guys.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Rhoda is a Girly Girl who likes wearing earrings, often wears pink and has a shy personality. She is currently dating Catalina, who is a Butch Lesbian.
  • Girly lesbians are the dominant type in Girls with Slingshots. All of the major lesbian or bisexual characters are prone to curves, makeup, and girly interests. Butch lesbians exist, but they have their own hangouts (one of which Jamie visits during her Coming-Out Story arc).
  • Kanaya from Homestuck, the troll's "bugging and fussing and meddling" Team Mom, with Virgo as her associated sign, is a lesbian and the only troll with an interest in fashion. Literally a Lipstick Lesbian in that her main weapon is a lipstick that sometimes transforms into a chainsaw.
    • There's also Rose, Kanaya's girlfriend, who enjoys skirts, knitting, and trashy romance novels.
  • Kurumi's After Hours has Nagi, who's madly in love with the titular protagonist, but is decidedly mellower and more feminine than the object of her affections.
  • Adharia Kuvoe of Last Res0rt. Nobody could tell until she gave Jigsaw that kiss.
  • Princess Princess: Sadie is long-haired and always wears dresses, acting in the most feminine way. Over the course of the story, she falls for Amira. They get married at the end.
  • The Queen and the Woodborn: Danica is a demure, elegant queen who's attracted by the goddess Marana and enters a relationship with her. She always wears her hair long and has on dresses, as does Marana (who is a bit more menacing, but still feminine).
  • Undine Wells from Sleepless Domain is a magical girl with a feminine appearance, wearing a dress and having wavy curls for hair, association with water, and a demure, ladylike personality. She later enters a romantic relationship with her more tomboyish, female partner Heartful Punch.
  • Spinnerette: Mecha Maid and Sara Nicole Megan, especially the latter. Both of them have long hair and wear traditionally feminine clothing, showing no signs of their sexual orientation before it's revealed (Sara Nicole is in denial about it too).
  • Their Story is about a tomboyish girl who falls for a cute girl from a neighboring school. The two protagonists are a Butch Lesbian and a Lipstick Lesbian duo, and though they aren't dating currently it's a Foregone Conclusion.
  • This Is She: Applies to both Mavis and Jean, especially Mavis - both women are pretty feminine in their own rights, but Mavis' motherly personality is highlighted both by Jean and the narrative. Mavis and Jean are also both lesbians, and fall in love with each other.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe: Bugs (Bunny Cormick) is regarded as one of the hottest girls at a Superhero School, but is strictly lesbian. She's not the only such girl in Poe Cottage.

    Web Videos 
  • Aster from Anyone But Me. Vivian is either this or a chapstick lesbian, depending on your perspective
  • Carmilla:
    • Laura's an average ordinary, college student who's feminine, a journalist and lesbian.
    • Carmilla's a feminine woman who's also a lesbian (plus a vampire).
  • Sloane in Last Life is a little of this. Taylor sort of counts too, though she’s more of a Lipstick Bisexual, since she did use to date Sloane’s previous male incarnation Rick, and she was trying to date Grey just before encountering Sloane. They're also not as femme as traditional examples. Although labelling their orientations might well be moot, in a sense, given that both Sloane and Taylor could easily have been any number of genders, any number of times, in previous lifetimes. Their original identities are generally considered to be from opposite sexes.
    • In fact, in their interviews, Elesha Barnette and Kathy DiStefano have gone on record stating that if Last Life celebrated alternative relationships & lifestyles, it revolves around pansexuality more than anything, and to put specific labels (even LGBT ones) on the characters' orientations would be somewhat missing the point; anyone can choose to love whomever they wish, as long as they're meant to be for each other.
    • In other words, Last Life can still be about gay & lesbian relationships, but this is secondary; it explores pansexuality and soulmates, regardless of label, first and foremost.
  • Out With Dad: Rose and Claire. They're lesbians with long hair, traditionally feminine clothing and both also act indistinguishably from straight girls (aside from their sexual orientation, obviously).

    Western Animation 
  • In Craig of the Creek episode "Jextra Perrestrial", J.P.'s sister Laura is dating another woman named Kat. Both of them are presented as feminine.
  • Dofus: Kerub's Bazaar; Simone and her virtually-confirmed girlfriend Julie are both this trope.
  • In one episode of Family Guy, Meg poses as a lesbian to make friends and gets involved with a girl named Sarah who has long hair and a more feminine looking appearance than Meg.
  • Discussed on an episode of King of the Hill, where a subplot involved Hank's driver's license now saying he was a woman. Peggy's hairdresser commented that if they were a lesbian couple, Peggy would be a lipstick lesbian, which is "the best kind".
  • The Legend of Korra: Asami is a lipstick bisexual — even when she's in practical adventuring gear, she's always wearing makeup. In fact, she's probably the most feminine major character in the whole series. Her eventual girlfriend Korra is more of a tomboy, but not quite enough to be considered outright butch.
  • The Owl House has Amity, a traditionally feminine girl who develops an intense crush on the tomboyish bisexual Luz over the course of the first season.
  • Kirsten from Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World, is intentionally the stereotypical Lipstick Lesbian. Ironically, some people still mistake her for a man!
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Adora is a downplayed example of this. She's rather tomboyish, but is still shown to have feminine interests, and wears dresses on several occasions, such as during the Princess Prom and in her dream future. Also, when taking her relationship with Catra into regard, she's by far the more feminine of the two.
    • Scorpia is an interesting example. At first glance, she appears to be your standard Butch Lesbian, but every time she engages in actual self-expression rather than simply wearing the standard Horde uniform (her habitual dark lipstick, the rejected Elegant Gothic Lolita dresses from Princess Prom, the slinkier ensemble she eventually goes with), her style tends distinctly towards “goth femme.”
    • Her close friend and eventual girlfriend Perfuma is more consistent with her femme aesthetic and provides a bright, flowery contrast to Scorpia's more gothic vibe. Also, if Word of Saint Paul is anything to go off of, Perfuma provides a rare example in media of a transgender lesbian.
  • Steven Universe: As a side note, in general, Gems are actually genderless despite going with she/her pronouns.
    • Sapphire, the composed, sweet, gentle Gem, who is in a committed relationship with Ruby.
    • Likewise for Pearl, who's also of the discount type. She's graceful, acts motherly to Steven, wears a ballerina-inspired outfit, and she had a complicated one-sided love for Rose Quartz. Her prototypical designs were slightly less feminine (in particular the one used in the pilot) however her personality characterized her as far more of a jerk. As of the season 4 episode "Last One Out of Beach City", she's scored the Mystery Girl's phone number and was obviously attracted to her.
    • Pink Pearl, AKA "Volleyball", is one of the more girly Pearls we've seen, and, as our Pearl puts it, she's "still got it bad" for Pink Diamond.


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Valerie, in the flashbacks, is portrayed as being classically feminine. It doesn't stop her from being persecuted by the Norsefire regime.

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