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Orbital Bone

Definition: Orbital Bone

Remember that scene in Legally Blonde where Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) wins her court case because she knows the scientific breakdown of the chemicals involved in a permanent wave? Now you, too, can be a beauty scholar, with our weekly vocabulary lesson, the Bella Glossary.

The glossary term of the week is the orbital bone. I've gotten several questions about this term, as it often shows up in instructions involving eye makeup. We're told, for instance, to pat eye cream around the circumference of the orbital bone and apply highlighter just below the orbital bone. So what the heck is an orbital bone?

Also called "the orbit," the orbital "bone" is actually seven strong bones that make up the encasing of the open socket of the eye; these bones come together to house the actual eye. The peri-orbital skin is the skin/area around your eye. This is the area commonly referred to with beauty products and their application.


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