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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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cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
good information - definitely didn't know that! now i can say i'm not wasting my time on these sites =) it's all for the advancement of my mind!
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
Very good to know. I'm looking foward to more glossary terms.
littlebird littlebird 10 years
Great addition to this terrific site; who doesn't love learning?? Especially when it relates to beauty?!
Michelann Michelann 10 years
This picture creeps me out...
naughtymonkey01 naughtymonkey01 10 years
I am in college and took biology and didn't know that. Wait wait- can someone find my mom and tell her that beauty is learning?? And that every time she walks in and I am on popsugar it is not in ~*~The Penguins are slowly stealing my sanity~*~
audreystar audreystar 10 years
my son actually broke his orbital bone a year ago. so unfortunately i knew exactly what this was.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 10 years
I love Reese Witherspoon and I love Legally Blonde!! My husband thinks that movie is responsible for my wanting to go to law school...well, maybe, but law school isn't as glamorous as Legally Blonde makes it (at least not my law school). Still, I watch Legally Blonde everytime I need a pick-me-up!!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Well, that makes sense. But it just doesn't sound very glamorous when included in makeup instructions, does it? :rotfl:
jeda21 jeda21 10 years
That's what I thought it was. Thank you for sharing! I may have won a bet with my friend! :o) -JeDa
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