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put a new complexion on (something)

To alter the appearance, perception, or interpretation of something; to recontextualize something so as to suggest a new or different interpretation. The information given to us by the former secretary certainly puts a new complexion on the whole incident. I recommend that we drop the charges for now. The leaked email chain detailing the former Chief Operating Officer's protests against the company's policy puts a new complexion on his sudden firing last week.
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put a different complexion on (something)

To alter the appearance, perception, or interpretation of something; to recontextualize something so as to suggest a new or different interpretation. The information given to us by the former secretary certainly puts a different complexion on the whole incident. I recommend that we drop the charges for now. The leaked email chain detailing the former Chief Operating Officer's protests against the company's policy puts a different complexion on his sudden firing last week.
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schoolgirl complexion

Fresh, glowing, unblemished skin, as in She's fifty but she still has her schoolgirl complexion. This expression, alluding to the beauty of young skin, was invented for an advertising campaign for Palmolive Soap, which ran from about 1923 through the 1930s and claimed to preserve one's schoolgirl complexion.
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put a new/different comˈplexion on something

change the way that a situation appears: What the police officer had just told me put quite a different complexion on the mystery.
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18 ( ANI ): Actor Rajkummar Rao has been part of Bollywood industry for several years now, but not many know that he faced a lot of rejection because of his complexion.
His companion who was wearing camouflage pants and an undershirt stood around 5'5' tall and was also of fair complexion.
Dot or brush the product on, then use a beauty blender sponge to diffuse the pigment; it'll lend your complexion added warmth when you apply foundation or BB cream on top.
Choose a serum with antioxidants such as vitamin A or vitamin C and watch your complexion glow.
It cover blemishes and imperfections with photo-filter pigments, creating a complexion for the silver screen.
Fake a flawless complexion with brightening, smoothing and blurring bases.
He had a tanned complexion, dark hair, and was wearing a patterned shirt.
If you have a fair complexion with an underlying warmer tone, red can look beautiful.
Irani reacted sharply to the remarks, asking Yadav to refrain from commenting on complexion of women in any manner.
Banish the dark shadow under the eye with No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer ($20), sold at Sephora.
In addition to preserving and restoring cells under the eyes or on your face, Complexion Conserve helps you sleep well at night knowing that this elixir is firming the telltale signs of aging through an intense moisture application, especially on your neck.
Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Face Serum, PS16, Boots I USED this twice a day for a week and I began to notice a difference in my complexion with my skin looking brighter and hydrated.