What is the blue under Wario's eyes and why does he have it?

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Insomnia? Too tired from adventuring? Constantly has black eyes? Or maybe the blue lines are actually just really weird makeup...????
I want to hear you guys' opinions, or just creative takes on what it is and why. (The new semi-realistic renders don't help much with the "they're just baggy eyes" theory, since they're modeled like he's put pieces of plastic around his eyeballs, see below.)
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I always thought that it was supposed to be the opposite of Mario's eyes-- he has a blue ring around his pupil with the white encroaching it, Wario has white with blue surrounding it. In other words, the blue and white (sort of) switch places
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But in all seriousness, it's warpaint made from the blood of slain bandineros, used to intimidate his enemies.
 

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They're ultra cool thin glasses that help him cure his eye issues. It even looks like they work through time.
On more serious note, I like to think that his face is based on Japanese folklore creatures masks. Many of those have weird details in their design, including circles around eyes.
 

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I always thought that it was supposed to be the opposite of Mario's eyes-- he has a blue ring around his pupil with the white encroaching it, Wario has white with blue surrounding it. In other words, the blue and white (sort of) switch places
I like to think that his face is based on Japanese folklore creatures masks. Many of those have weird details in their design, including circles around eyes.
These are some really great observations, and likely true. Considering the fact Wario's, y'know, Anti-Mario and was created by Japanese people.
 

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It seems they are based on the same kind of eye rings you see in depictions of japanese Oni. Considering mythological references are everywhere across the Mario Land series it doesn't seem like a stretch at all to look at Wario's design that way.
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Maybe this minigame is about Wario trying to stop an awkward family visit.
 

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I always thought that it was supposed to be the opposite of Mario's eyes-- he has a blue ring around his pupil with the white encroaching it, Wario has white with blue surrounding it. In other words, the blue and white (sort of) switch places
This theory just makes me think of this horrifying mistake made in the Super Mario World cartoon
 
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