Quality Matters. Not all colored pencils are the same. Cheap colored pencils tend to have harder wax leads and less pigment which mean they produce less vibrant colors and have a tendency to leave some white spaces uncovered in the grain of the paper. Because the lead is hard, cheaper pencil leads often have a tendency break and if the lead breaks throughout the length of the pencil you can be left with something that is unusable.
Use Crayola. These are the best and have the best color saturation. Use a paper that will grip the color evenly. I like Stonehenge or illustration board. Have a good hand_held sharpener handy. Always try to keep a point on the crayon. This makes it go on more evenly. Apply the crayon in a professional manner. Just like you would any other fine art tool, use control and be deliberate. Don't become five years old again!