How to Play UNO

If you’re looking for a fun card game to play with friends, give Uno a try! Each player begins with a hand of 7 Uno cards. To play, match one of your cards with the card that’s been dealt. The first player to get rid off all of their cards wins the round. Then all players tally up their scores. The game continues until one person scores 500 points. Once you’ve gotten the hang of Uno, try variations to switch things up.

EditSteps
EditJumping into the Game
Shuffle the cards and deal 7 cards to each player. Get out a pack of Uno cards and shuffle all 108 cards. Then deal 7 cards to each person who wants to play. Direct the players to keep their cards face down.[1]
You can play Uno with 2 to 10 players. Players should be at least 7 years old.

Put the rest of the Uno cards in the center of the table. Keep the cards face down in a stack. These cards will make the draw pile which players will take from throughout the game.[2]

Turn over the top card from the draw pile to start the game. Place the top card from the draw pile next to the draw pile, but leave it facing up. You’ll use this card to start the game and it will become the discard pile.[3]

Play a card to match the color, number, or symbol on the card. The player to the left of the dealer should lay down a card from their hand if it matches the color, number, word, or symbol on the card that’s laying face up in the center of the table. Direct them to put their card on top of the discard pile. The next player then looks for a card from their hand that they can play.[4]
For example, if the top card in the discard pile is a red number 8, you could play any red card you have or a card of any color that has an 8 on it.

The game is usually played going clockwise from the dealer.

Draw a card from the draw pile if you can’t play a card. If it’s your turn and you don’t have any cards that match the color, number, or symbol on the top card, take a card from the draw pile to add to your hand. You can play this card immediately if it matches some aspect of the card on the table.[5]
If you can’t play the card you just drew, the player next to you can take their turn.

Pay attention to action and Wild cards. In addition to basic Uno cards that have numbers on them, there are 3 types of action cards. If you play a Wild card, you choose the color for the next play. If you put down a Draw 2, the player next to you must take 2 cards, and their turn is skipped. If you play Reverse, you change the direction of play, so the person who went before you will then have another turn.[6]
A Reverse card has 2 arrows that are going in opposite directions.

If you get a Skip card, which is a card that has a circle with a slash through it, the player next to you must skip their turn.

Say “Uno” if you only have 1 card left. Keep taking turns until 1 player has just 1 card left in their hand. At that point, the player must say “Uno,” or they’ll be penalized if another player calls them out.[7]
If someone forgets to say “Uno,” hand them 2 cards as a penalty. If no one notices that the player didn’t say “Uno,” there is no penalty.

Play your last card to win the hand. Once you’re down to one card (and you’ve already called “Uno”), wait until the gameplay goes around the table and comes back to you. If you can play your last card before anyone else goes out, you’ll be the winner of the round!
If you can’t play your last card, draw another card and continue until someone’s hand is empty.

Try to save a Wild card as your last card, if you have one. That way, you’ll know for sure that you’ll be able to play it and win the round!

Tally the points in each player’s hand at the end of each round. The person who won the round gets points by adding up the cards in the remaining players’ hands. Keep track of points for each round and keep playing rounds until a person scores 500 points. That person is the winner of the game. To score a hand, give the winner of the round:[8]
20 points for each Draw 2, Reverse, or Skip card in an opponent’s hand

50 points for Wild and Wild Draw 4 cards

The face value for number cards (for example, an 8 card equals 8 points)

EditTrying Simple Variations
Play double cards to make the game end faster. To do a quick moving game of Uno, have every player put down 2 matches instead of 1 if they have them. This means everyone will go through cards quicker.
For example, if there’s a yellow 3 on the table, a player could put down a yellow 7 and a red 3.

If you don’t want the game to end faster, you can have the players draw 2 cards instead of 1 each time they don’t have a card to play.

Customize your own Wild cards. If you’re playing with a newer deck of Uno cards, you’ll probably see 3 customizable Wild cards included. To play with these blank Wild cards, write down your own rules that everyone agrees to. Then you can play them as you would other Wild cards. For example, a customizable rule could be:[9]
Everyone must draw 2 cards.

The next player must sing a song or draw a card.

Swap 1 card with the player next to you.

Swap hands with another player if you get the Swap Hands card. This is another newer card that Uno now includes in the deck. Play the Wild Swap Hands card like a Wild card, but decide which player you’d like to swap hands with.[10]
For example, if you have this card, wait until the game is almost over and swap hands with the player that has the fewest cards.

Play Uno online or on a gaming system. Don’t worry if you can’t find people to play Uno with you in person! You can easily do an internet search in order to play Uno online. If you prefer, purchase Uno to play on your PC or gaming system, such as a PS4 or Xbox One.[11]
You can even personalize the rules to create completely unique Uno games.

EditUNO Cheat Sheets
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EditTips
If you run out of cards in the draw pile, shuffle the discard pile and turn them face down. Then use it as the draw pile.

EditThings You’ll Need
A pack of UNO cards

Pen and paper

Calculator, optional

EditRelated wikiHows
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Play Texas Hold’em

Play the Card Challenge “Watchtower”

Play Hearts

Play Crazy Eights

Play Uno H2O

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Today in History for 12th June 2019

Historical Events

1910 – PEC soccer team forms in Zwolle
1917 – US Secret Service extends protection of the President to include his family
1947 – British Amateur Women’s Golf, Gullane GC: Babe Didrikson becomes first American to win event; beats England’s Jacqueline Gordon 5 and 4
1967 – Washington Senators beat Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 22 innings
1977 – LPGA Championship, Bay Tree Plantation GC: Chako Higuchi of Japan wins her only LPGA major title by 3 from Pat Bradley, Sandra Post and Judy Rankin
2015 – Al-Qaeda’s 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden’s former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen

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Famous Birthdays

1908 – Ronald Selby Wright, Scottish Church of Scotland minister, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1995)
1914 – Peter Lancelot Williams, English dance journalist, born in Burton Joyce, Nottingham (d. 1995)
1918 – Samuel Z. Arkoff, American film producer and co-founder of American International Pictures, born in Fort Dodge, Iowa (d. 2001)
1945 – Alfred Gell, British social anthropologist (d. 1997)
1964 – Lorraine Downes, New Zealand beauty queen (Miss Universe 1983), born in Auckland, New Zealand
1965 – Gwen Torrence, Lithonia GA, 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96)

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Famous Deaths

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1904 – Camille de Renesse, Belgian nobleman and entrepreneur, dies at 67
1947 – Jazeps Medins, composer, dies at 70
1957 – James F “Jimmy” Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
1978 – Guo Moruo, Chinese writer (b. 1892)
2016 – George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79

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How to Make Gel Nails Last Longer

Gel nail polish is a great option to obtain a shiny, durable manicure or pedicure. If you just got gel nails done at the salon, there are things you can do at home to make the polish last as long as possible, such as conditioning your nails, adding clear polish, and protecting your nails from hot water. If you’re doing your own manicure, take a few steps both before you begin and while applying the gel polish to preserve your polish. If you follow these steps, you can enjoy a gel manicure that lasts up to 2 weeks or longer!

EditSteps
EditPreserving Your Gel Nails After Application
Use cuticle oil daily to condition your nails. Prepping your nails and cuticles before applying the gel polish makes them very dry, so you’ll need to put the moisture back in them once your manicure is complete. Dry nails will become flaky, causing the polish to come off prematurely. To keep your nails moisturized apply cuticle oil every day by brushing it on your cuticles and your skin around it.[1]
For extra softness and conditioning, apply the cuticle oil right before bed and follow up with moisturizing hand lotion.

Add a thin layer of clear polish over your nails after one week. A great way to prevent chipping gel polish is to reapply a topcoat about a week after the gel manicure. You can use a gel topcoat and cure it with the light. Or, you can use regular clear nail polish and let it air dry. To seal the tips of your nails, run the brush along the top edge first before covering the entire nail with the top coat.[2]
Continue to reapply a top coat every few days to minimize your manicure or pedicure from chipping.

Be gentle with your nails. When you have a fresh new gel manicure, be mindful of everything you’re doing with your hands and fingers. Even the slightest chip on the edge of the nail can get bigger and lift from the nail bed. So avoid doing things that can damage the edge of the polish, such as tearing open packages or scraping sticky labels off of surfaces.[3]

Avoid using hot water or cleaning products. If you want your gel manicure to last at least 2 weeks without chipping or lifting, try your best to avoid prolonged exposure to hot water. This means if you plan on washing the dishes or cleaning, wear gloves to protect your nails. Hot water and chemicals from cleaning products can seep into the polish and cause it to breakdown, resulting in chipping and peeling. [4]

EditPrepping Your Nails for a Lasting Result
Don’t use hot water or soap on your nails before your gel manicure. Some people like to wash or soak their nails before starting a manicure or pedicure. This is not a good idea, because soap contains oils that can adhere to the nail. This can cause lifting of the gel polish after application. You want your nails to be completely dry, so avoid moisture at all costs before painting them.[5]
Stay away from tasks that expose your nails to water for at least an hour before gel application, such as washing the dishes or taking a shower. This is because your nails retain water for a while.

Prep and prime each hand separately for best results. Focusing on 1 hand at a time helps you do an even, accurate job preparing each nail. Start with the hand that’s easiest for you, then move on to the hand that feels harder. Go slowly so you’ll make fewer mistakes. This will set you up for the best manicure possible.
Don’t rush your prepping and priming process or you’ll undermine the purpose.

Push back your cuticles to clear your nail bed. Applying nail polish over your cuticles can cause the polish to lift and chip after drying. The first thing you should do before polishing your nails is to use a wooden cuticle stick to push your cuticles as far back on each fingernail as possible. If you have a significant amount of cuticles, gently use the stick to scrape them off the nail.[6]
Use a wooden cuticle pusher instead of a metal one, because wooden ones are soft and won’t harm the nail bed.

You can also use a cuticle remover to soften your cuticles before pushing or removing. However, make sure it is oil-free.

Buff your nails with a nail buffer. The purpose of buffing is to smooth out the surface of the nail bed and remove any excess dry skin. To do this, hold the buffer parallel to your nail, and buff your entire nail by rubbing quickly back and forth from edge to edge. Try to use no more than 6 strokes per nail, or you may over buff them.[7]
Use the side of your nail buffer with the coarsest texture. Usually, this side will be colored black.

Make sure you use a buffer on your nail bed and not a file. A file is very rough, and should only be used for the edge of the nail.

You can find a nail buffer at most beauty supply stores. Sometimes they are shaped like a rectangular block, while others may be shaped like a Popsicle stick.

Cleanse your nails with 99% isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free wipe. It is important to make sure that your nails are completely dry and free of debris before applying gel polish. Cleanse by applying 99% isopropyl alcohol to each nail. Pour a small amount on a cotton pad and rub it on each nail. You will see your nails start to slowly appear chalky and very dry. Then, wipe each nail with a lint-free wipe.[8]

Use nail primer if you want to dehydrate the nail even further. A nail primer will help to dry out the nail bed and assist with the adhesion of the gel polish. It can be purchased at any beauty supply store. Just apply a thin even coat with the brush provided, and allow it to dry. Application of this product will prevent lifting and chipping, especially when applied to the tips of your nails.[9]
You can dehydrate your nail bed even more by applying pure acetone with a cotton pad. Make sure to avoid the cuticles when applying acetone; you don’t want to dry them out too much.[10]

Apply a thin layer of base coat to your nails. Before starting your gel manicure, apply a gel base coat to each nail. This is a critical step, as the base coat allows the gel polish to completely adhere to the nail. Use the brush that comes with the base coat to paint the entire nail, without touching the cuticle or nail bed. Make sure you also paint the tip of the nail to prevent chipping.[11]
It’s important to avoid getting the base coat on the cuticle or nail bed. If it does, the polish may lift, and the manicure will not last long.

Dry the base coat under an LED or UV lamp. Immediately after applying the base coat, put your nails under an LED or UV lamp to cure it. If you have an LED lamp, cure the base coat for at least 30 seconds. If you have a UV lamp, leave your nails under for 1 minute.[12]
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to determine whether the gel polish cures or dries best with LED or UV light. It varies depending on the type of gel polish you purchase.

EditApplying the Gel Polish Properly
Paint thin layers of gel polish on your nails. When putting on nail polish, make sure you apply thin layers. To do this, dip the brush in the nail polish, then wipe a little bit off the side of the container before touching the brush to the nail. If you apply thick layers with too much polish, they might not completely dry and that will cause smudging.[13]
Apply at least 2 thin layers of polish, but no more than 3.

Work quickly, focusing on 1 hand at a time for precision. The gel polish will set more evenly if you apply it quickly. Brush the polish on as fast as you can without being sloppy, then go immediately to the next nail. Finish all of the nails on 1 hand before you turn your attention to your other hand, which will help you keep your results as neat as possible.
You don’t need to rush, but you also don’t want to take your time. Don’t pause between nails, spend a lot of time dipping your brush, or stop to examine your work after each nail.

Avoid getting gel polish on your cuticles and skin. It is important to avoid getting any gel polish on your cuticles or skin while you’re painting your nails. Even a small drop of polish on your skin can cause it to separate from the area after it dries because this prevents the nail from being fully sealed. This is because gel polish does not adhere to the skin.[14]
If you accidentally get the gel polish on your skin or cuticle during application, quickly remove it with a wooden cuticle stick or cotton swab before curing it.

Cap the gel polish on the tip of the nail for each layer you apply. When applying gel polish, make sure to cap the edges of the nail. To do this, paint the entire nail, and then paint over it a little bit underneath the edge of the nail. This will help to delay chipping because the polish will wrap around the nail and cling to it. When it does start to chip, you won’t notice it because it will chip on the edges first before coming off the tip of the nail.[15]
When capping the edge, make sure the coat is as thin as possible to avoid peeling.

Cure each coat completely before adding the next coat. The most important part of the gel manicure is arguably using either UV or LED lights to cure the polish. The lighting is used to dry and harden the gel polish, making it last longer than a regular manicure. Leave your nails under the light for the recommended amount of time right after you apply a coat. Gel nails under LED lights take about 30 seconds to cure on average, while UV lamps take 1-2 minutes to cure.[16]
Keep in mind that UV bulbs need to be changed on a regular basis. If not, the light will dim, resulting in dull gel colors and faster chipping. LED bulbs do not need to be changed.

UV lamps should be at least 36 watts, while LED lamps need to be 18 watts for most gel polish brands to fully cure. [17]

Add a top coat and cure it under the lamp. Once you finish applying a few coats of your gel polish, finish off your manicure with a topcoat. This is an important step to seal the gel, and it adds an extra layer of protection. As with the base coat and gel coats, avoid getting the top coat on your skin and cuticles. Cure it under the UV or LED light when you’re finished applying.[18]

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EditThings You’ll Need
Cuticle stick (wood)

Nail buffer

99% isopropyl alcohol

Lint-free wipes

Nail primer

100% acetone (optional)

Base coat

LED or UV Lamp

Gel polish

Topcoat

Cuticle oil

EditTips
Use products from the same brand, if you can. These products are designed to work together, so they’ll create a better bond after application. This can help your manicure last longer.

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