For Pinocchio, Coulier worked with a team of nearly 30 people for several months to perfect each character's final design: Colli oversaw the transformation of characters like the cat, the fox, and the turquoise fairies, while Pegoretti handmade 30 wigs for everyone, including the extras.
"All the characters and special extras wear a wig," Pegoretti told POPSUGAR. "It was essential to me in order to transform the actors into the characters because I personally believe that the transformations required for this project were drastic and relevant. I think wigs are the best way for the construction of a character."
Pegoretti made it a point to avoid using synthetic hair for each wig to give the transformations a more realistic feel. "[I wanted] a natural texture that would allow me to reach an antique matte effect that would blend with the costume and set design and match the color palette chosen by the director," he said.
For both Pegoretti and Colli, the transformation of Blue Fairy (Marine Vacth), Pinocchio's guiding fairy, was a standout among the rest.
"The achievement of the blue color was a challenging visual process," Pegoretti said of the wig he made for her. "I had to repeat different tests before I was happy with the result. In the book, the color of the blue fairy is told to be a very dark blue, almost black." Thinking that dark-blue hair would harden the character too much, Pegoretti created a light-blue color for the fairy out of a mixture of white, blue, and gray dye and white dust.
For makeup, Colli created her own color palette inspired by the icy look of the wig.
"[Director Matteo Garrone] asked me to find a way to embody, with makeup, the beauty of death, which is a little bit of a paradox," she said. "I thought about a cold color palette, based on the shades of prussian blue and cyan blue for the shadow as well as porcelain, ivory, and ice white."