The most commonly used type of eyeshadow is powder. It’s best for makeup beginners to start with powder eyeshadow as it is the easiest to blend. Most powder eyeshadows are compressed into individuals pans, which can then be placed in a palette, they either come in a palette of some type (duo, quad) or are standalone pigments that come in pans.
This type of eyeshadow is available in a variety of finishes: matte eyeshadow is great for daily usage and shimmer eyeshadow is good for creating dramatic, evening looks, and satin eyeshadow is great for achieving that smooth and satin finish on your eyes.
One thing to note is that you must never rub powder eyeshadow. In fact, don’t ever rub anything onto your eye as the skin is so sensitive. The more you touch it the more prone it becomes to developing fine lines and sagging. Apply by gently patting and pressing the color onto the eyelid. I’d prefer using an eyeshadow brush for application, but for beginners, using your fingertips will do.