There’s an interesting parallel in that NiGHTS was often drawn with starred makeup that essentially served as it’s “persona.”,never called that of course, but the symbolism of NiGHTS having an identity forced on it was there. It’s not exactly a leap to consider a simular idea,but starred makeup was apparently also drawn in NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams concept art, so it’s not a coincidence. So, thanks again fandom

A mask might have been used to seperate the idea a little more, and I would admit it’s a  a bolder statement. Buuut, makeup is far more fitting to NiGHTS’s design and makes it mirror Reala much more effectively, hell in NiD concept art NiGHTS has makeup that matches Reala’s, which funnily enough was probably ditched partly because it made it looked “marked.”