I'm a late bloomer when it comes to makeup. First it was dots of concealer and lip balm for interviews. Then pressed powder and eye shadows came in for my first formal party after high school. Everything snowballed from there.
This impulse to be pretty has been in my family. My grandmother, rest her soul, was the most perfectly dressed and perfectly kept women in the family. It was only a matter of time before the makeup gene finally triggered.
Q: Are you Mexican-Chinese?
A: If that is what you call Filipino, then yes. There is Chinese somewhere on my dad's side, and a crazy amount of European on my mom's. The formal (and exotic) term you are looking for is "mestiza."