“My complexion is darker so I get less work or have to lower my rates in order to keep my bills paid,” she explains.
You become aware of the complexion of colors and “the restrained luxury of the surfaces.”
The dark colors he favors turn his Irish complexion several shades lighter in contrast.
He is lean, well muscled, the complexion of a hazel nut, with black, sympathetic eyes.
Another discusses being bathed by her grandmother as a child with lye soap in an effort to lighten her complexion.
"My complexion is florid—my face without a seam," quoth Jack.
Her complexion was transparent, and she had little color in her cheeks.
His appetite is good, his complexion as healthy as it was eleven years ago.
It's a pity that you haven't your brother Blackie's complexion.
There was no recovering the complexion from the moment that I spoke of 'Fanny,' and spoke of her as a sister should.
mid-14c., "bodily constitution," from Old French complexion, complession "combination of humors," hence "temperament, character, make-up," from Latin complexionem (nominative complexio) "combination" (in Late Latin, "physical constitution"), from complexus (see complex (adj.)). Meaning "appearance of the skin of the face" is first recorded mid-15c. In medieval physiology, the color of the face indicated temperament or health.
complexion com·plex·ion (kəm-plěk'shən)
The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.