"This form of tribal paint was used to warn off any other tribes and distinguish your tribe from the next. This paint is made to look menacing and scary. The designers of The Lion King have done an amazing job of making this tribal paint look realistic, but appropriate enough for children. I think the costume is so well made. The colours of the face reflect the colours used in the costume. i love all the textures in this costume, all the wooden elements and the beads."