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  • Illustration by Mr Seth Armstrong
    Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Social Media &
    Fashion Writer, MR PORTER

In the opening chapter of Mr Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho we are introduced to Patrick Bateman's grooming routine - all thirtysomething steps of it. From exfoliating to moisturising to clarifying (us neither), it would be fair to say that Bateman is no shirk when it comes to scrubbing up. And while we wouldn't recommend adopting his approach to looking your best word for word (let's not forget the novel was intended to parody rampant 1980s consumerism), there's something slightly awe-inspiring about a grooming regime that leaves no stone unturned in the search for perfection. To that end, we have pored over the original text and highlighted the parts worth incorporating into your morning routine - with a MR PORTER twist. Click through the gallery, above, to find out more.

MR PORTER is Production Sponsor of American Psycho: A New Musical Thriller, showing at the Almeida Theatre in London from 3 December 2013 to 25 January 2014. For more information, click here