Dancing Eyebrows — Instagram Filter Review

Published on Jun 13, 2019 | Filter name: "Dancing Eyebrows"

Filter creator: Marc Wakefield (@marcwakefieldards)

I love coming across new original filters. Today when I woke up and browse through my Instagram filter list I came across a filter by Marc Wakefield called "Dancing Eyebrows". This filter is a face distortion filter, but unlike many other face distortion filters like Funny Mirrors, or this Aquatic barrel face distortion, this one only works on the eyebrows areas of the face.

This IG effect applies a visual distortion to that specific area and in a way that will make your eyebrows go up and down and different intervals. The left eyebrow moves a little bit faster than the right one, thus leading to unparallel movement at times.

distorted eyebrow Instagram effect

When you raise your eyebrows, the "eyebrow dance" the speed of the eyebrow animation effect increases, and it's funny to look at.

The eyebrows also animated downwards, which leads to some interesting facial expressions that we aren't used to seeing, unnatural in a way. Because eyebrows shape does affect how we interpret different emotions. This leads to some funny experience where you actually making a certain face, like a suspicious look, without actually doing anything with your face, not even physically moving your eyebrows.

Eyebrows closeup after Instagram distortion camera effect

This just shows me that we can, using Instagram camera effects, to completely change the user's face in order to portray different emotions. This can be done better if we segment and control different parts of the face. I've seen this done with the mouth and eyes. If we combine all of those in a single filter, we can change your look to make you look like you are sad, happy, angry, etc. While you actually just looking comfortably at the phone's camera doing nothing.

Not glasses-friendly :-) 

Not glasses friendly Instagram effect

Keep in mind that this "Dancing Eyebrows" Instagram effect is not glasses-friendly. The visual effect distorted the entire area around the eyebrows, and because it's pixel based, it doesn't differentiate between eyebrows and non-eyebrow pixels in the image or video stream.  This means that the eyeglasses will be distorted as well.

It's worth mentioning that there are many regular face distortion apps that use this technique to create some funny selfie looks. Although I have to admit that this is the first time I come across animated eyebrows like that in this IG filter, that's an original!

Overall, a simple but original and entertaining filter to use. I love coming across thee type of simple filters that do something unique and one that captivates the attention of the user. I like when filters play with our natural world and create things that tricks our eyes and brain and make us question what we see in front of us. I like filters where you go: "Hey, something is wrong here, that's not how it suppose to be?", while the scene still looks very natural and authentic.

Follow Marc to try this amazing filter out. Thanks for reading.

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