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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 incident. I recommend that we drop the charges for now. The leaked email chain detailing his protests against the company's policy puts a different complexion on his sudden firing last week.
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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 incident. I recommend that we drop the charges for now. The leaked email chain detailing his protests against the company's policy puts a new complexion on his sudden firing last week.
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schoolgirl complexion

Very clean, healthy, unblemished, youthful skin. All of these beauty products try to convince you that they'll give you a schoolgirl complexion, but it's all a total con job. What's your secret for keeping that schoolgirl complexion of yours?
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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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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schoolgirl complexion, a

Beautiful skin and coloring, without lines, wrinkles, or other signs of aging. This term owes its origin to the advertising campaigns for Palmolive soap, an American product. Allegedly the soap would give or preserve “that schoolgirl complexion,” a slogan used from about 1923 through the 1930s. An earlier version was peach-bloom complexion, used by Emerson in an 1860 essay (Conduct of Life: Beauty) and surviving in a still current term, peaches-and-cream complexion.
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While he complimented Markle's complexion, he warned that Kate, who is the same age as her in-law, may face challenges with her skin as she ages.
In "The Treasure of Oriental Medicine" [2], numerous phrases are used to diagnose diseases and prescribe treatment according to patient's complexions, such as yellowish complexion, blue complexion, dark and blue complexion, white and dirty complexion, silver complexion, and red and shiny complexion.
ADD SOME ORANGE ZEST EVEN warm and olive complexions can be prone to greyish patches or dark circles, particularly when you're tired or overworked, but a dash of orange under your base can make all the difference.
Many processed foods starve skin of water and leave our complexions looking tired and dull.
After three seasons with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, her first full-time dance job, she was ready for a new challenge: joining the circus.
Blue-based reds tend to complement English rose complexions while coral shades suit skins with a warmer tone.
With daily use, dull and blemished complexions are expected to recover their natural radiance.
Albany, NY, October 29, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Complexions Spa for Beauty & Wellness, located in Albany, NY, is modernizing their traditional massage therapy with the addition of a micro quartz heated massage table.
2 EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation, PS10.50, lookfantastic.com, is formulated with olive-toned complexions in mind and is enriched with light diffusers to detract light away from wrinkles.
Lavender water is particularly good for those with oily or acne-prone complexions. Trust in Mother Nature NATURAL skincare has become increasingly popular in recent years and many supermodels have cottoned on to this trend.
London, Feb 26 ( ANI ): A nightclub event that pitted light skinned, brown skinned and dark skinned African-American women against each other in a beauty contest of complexions has been accused of degrading women.
Lighter complexion NOW we know why Birmingham is doomed to suffer inferior street lighting - so that the ladies complexions and island flowers will not appear peculiar in the much superior amber lights.
New shades include Agent 00 for porcelain/fair complexions with pink undertones; Agent 04 for light complexions with beige undertones; Agent 08 for light complexions with pink undertones; Agent 12 for medium complexions with beige undertones; and Agent 16 for medium/dark complexions with golden undertones.
Why ; A pale complexion is associated with wealth - in pre-industrial China, the poor worked in fields under a blazing sun, while the rich stayed inside and preserved their complexions.C[pounds sterling]Whitening creams are very important to the Chinese cosmetics market because Chinese people regard white skin as the most important criterion for beauty,C[yen] a spokesman for the China Association Of Fragrance, Flavour and Cosmetics Industries, recently told a US business magazine.