Stay sharp! Good quality pencils will allow the lead to be sharpened regularly. Needle sharp tips on your pencils are perfect for applying detail and getting the precision required to color intricate areas of a design. Thinner points will give you more control over the color produced, big fat rounded ends on your pencils make it difficult to get the brightest colors.
Build your colors gradually, and layer them. Apply a light undertone, and build darker colors slowly on top. Crayons can actually be more difficult to layer with due to the high wax content. Don't confuse them with colored pencils! If you want the "look" colored pencil, just use that instead.