Michele Bachmann brings out the war paint as she cakes on the make-up for GOP debate

By Daily Mail ReporterUpdated: 01:11 GMT, 24 November 2011Richard Nixon infamously declined make-up when he debated against John F Kennedy in September 1960. Recovering from a bout of flu and dressed in a pale grey suit, the favourite underwhelmed - and his unusually lacklustre appearance was blamed.Fast forward 51 years and make-up may be the downfall, once again, of a presidential hopeful.At last night's GOP debate, Michelle Bachmann strode onto stage wearing a whole platoon's worth of war paint - her natural look hidden beneath layers of foundation, blusher, concealer, eye shadow, eye-liner and lipstick.Another poll plunge, another layer of war paint: Michele Bachmann went overboard on make-up at last night's GOP debate, looking unnatural and almost doll-likeThe Republican hopeful's fondness for heavy make-up seems to go hand in hand with her political fortunes.As barometers go, it may not be the most scientific, but it appears that as the 55-year-old's polls popularity wanes, her application of cosmetics goes into overdrive.Her eyelashes battled with tremendous amounts of mascara, and what look like fake lashes, while her lips were smeared beyond their natural lip-line with frosty pink lipstick and shining gloss.A thick layer of foundation and matt powder ensured no oiliness underneath harsh studio cameras, also succeeding in wiping out any hint of the Congresswoman's natural - and enviable - complexion.Yikes! By November 7, the less popular hopeful was piling on foundation, blusher, pink gloss, fake eyelashes, heavy eye-liner, layers of eye-shadow and illuminating pigments, here seen speaking in DCAnd, with questions flying around about Bachmann potentially 'leaking' classified information last night, it appears that even heavy war paint may be no match for the candidate's misfortunes.Things seemed to be going so well in July and August when polls peaked with Bachmann's popularity. The attractive hopeful played up to cameras, wore well-judged conservative colours, pale suits and always looked coiffed.For a while, the cosmetics queen balanced her fondness for lip-gloss with the professional expectations of her image, surging ahead of Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman.But as polls reflected a turn in the tides, with Bachmann's popularity http://naturalhairfact.livejournal.com - http://naturalhairfact.livejournal.com - declining in September, a shift in her beauty regime occurred, too.Lookin' good: Photographed in June, left, and in July, right, Bachmann sported a less over-the-top cosmetic look as she entered the presidential race and gained strong supportFace paint: Bachmann, at debates in September, left, and October, right, appears to be developing a love of shiny lip gloss and unnaturally matt foundation as her competitors steal the edge in poll ratingsLipsticks got glossier, eyes more darkly outlined and skin obscured by forgivingly thick foundation.By November, a wholly different looking Michele Bachmann appeared at an event in Washington, DC. The war paint was out in full force.It was a far cry from her looks in the past. The Minnesota candidate launched her presidential bid in June, back then a relatively fresh-looking new face on the scene.But even then, her love of make-up was seen as fair game by some - far heightened as it was compared to Bachmann's very natural looks in 2008 and 2009.The Tea Party darling was the subject of an avalanche of parody images after the launch of her run for presidency, including a reworking of the politico's face that saw her wearing extreme amounts of garish make-up.Let's start at the very beginning: Back in 2008, left, and 2009, right, Bachmann sported a fresh-faced pared-down look. No bronzer, minimal make-up and simple, dark hair kept her image professionalA reportedly friend lent lip-gloss to Bachmann at a conference in June after she needed ' a little touch-up' before a speech - that time, she borrowed a smear of Bare Minerals' Wild Honey.Elsewehere, 'The Bachmann' has reportedly become a requested hair style at salons, with women, sheepishly or not, asking for the candidate's trademark blow-out do.Share or comment on this article