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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

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.
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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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GORGEOUS British actress Gemma was the belle of the ball at the Venice Film Festival with her classic English Rose complexion.
Here are some simple daily steps which will help you achieve a radiant complexion with skin specialist Jeanne Brophy.
She auditioned, and when her Complexions contract was up in late 2014, she left for the role of Little Darling, who is the young Eleanor Rigby.
Darker complexions should go for deep shades such as purples, plums, yellowbased reds, dark blues, black, brown and gold.
Instantly absorbed by the skin, it noticeably helps whiten and refine the texture of your complexion, thus enhancing its ability to capture and reflect light.
Utilizing this innovative table, Complexions Spa has created new wellness treatments to incorporate the heated massage.
com, is formulated with olive-toned complexions in mind and is enriched with light diffusers to detract light away from wrinkles.
Our testers neutralised their complexions with three contenders to the CC crown: Olay Total Effects CC Cream SPF15 (available in two shades), PS14.
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.
Tarte's bestseller cheek stain, a shimmering bright pink blush shade that enhances all complexions, looks radiant at age 10, decked out in a limited-edition sleek, gold-studded paperboard tube in Tarte's signature dark purple.
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.
Aa Among Middle Eastern women the trend continues, with paler complexions being held in high regard by many.