This is a maltese puppy pic found on google. Short hair, I'd say cut to about 1 inch, and the airs cut down almost to wear the ears really end. The facial hair will need to be cut so that you can see the eyes.
This is my dog after getting a puppy cut. I can't say I liked it, but it's the puppy job.
He's not a maltese, his face is fuller than a maltese, but the hair grows at a similar rate. The job would be easier on a Maltese though, because it's a little more coarse than my dog. The hair on the forhead is cut quite short, and the hair between the eyes is shaved. Fur on paws shaved with the rest of the body.